Man Convicted In Music Row Murder Dies In Prison
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Richard D'Antonio, who was serving a life sentence for a notorious murder on Music Row, died last week in prison. Mr. D'Antonio had been providing evidence and testimony to CASHBOX for the magazines popular Murder On Music Row Series. He indicated to CASHBOX that he had nearly raised the needed funds for an appeal process and that he had passed two lie detector tests.
Officials with the Tennessee Department of Correction said D’Antonio died of natural causes on September 10 at Lois DeBerry Special Needs Facility.
D’Antonio was sentenced to life in prison in 2003 after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 23-year-old Kevin Hughes.
D'Antonio was found guilty of shooting and killing Hughes, a music researcher for Cash Box magazine, outside a recording studio in 1989.
Prosecutors said Hughes was shot and killed because he was trying to clean up a crooked record business.
D'Antonio was also convicted of assault with intent to commit second degree murder for the attempted murder of a second victim, singer Sammy Sadler.
The D'Antonio Letters
sent to CASHBOX from The
Tennessee Prison Where He
Was Serving A Life Sentence
During the run of our series Murder On Music Row, we had a conversation with Richard and several letters from Richard which Cashbox printed. Many people are not convinced that law enforcement in Tennessee ever did enough to find the real culprit. Richard had passed two polygraph tests that were never considered along with several witnesses who were never questioned. CASHBOX was working to get to the bottom of this very murky case. Mr. D’Antonio may very well have taken the truth to his grave. There is compelling evidence to suggest that several others were involved.
One thing is for sure, an innocent man lost his life. Maybe one day evidence will surface to shed some more light on what really happened.
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