Details of the 2009 murder of Buzz Burousas by his wife Teresa Mangham Burousas at their home near Concord will be revealed on the Oxygen channel’s television series Snapped. The show debuts at 9 p.m. Sunday, June 12 with a rerun at 11 p.m. For viewers who miss the episode’s first showings, it will be aired again at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 18 and at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 19. Two previews of the local Snapped series can be viewed at oxygen.com. The show will feature local law enforcement and community leaders who were interviewed about the murder and following trial. Among those interviewed for the show include Pike County sheriff Jimmy Thomas, Journal Reporter publisher Walter Geiger, PCSO investigator Capt. Jamie Strickland, PCSO investigator Maj. David Neal and newly elected District Attorney Ben Coker. The Oxygen Network crime show documents murders across the nation and uses actors to re-enact certain scenes before, during and after the homicides.Buzz was found dead in his vehicle at the end of the driveway of his home on Caldwell Bridge Road July 1, 2009 in a very rural area near Concord. Burousas, a Barnesville native, was the son of the late longtime Lamar chief magistrate Jimmie Burousas.His wife initially told sheriff’s deputies a white male and a black male attacked her as she worked in a flower bed, drug her across her yard, hit her in the head with a hammer, cut her with a knife and killed her husband. She was life-flighted from the scene but was released the next day. Her story unraveled quickly and she was arrested not long after his funeral.In early October 2011, she appeared before Judge Quillian Baldwin for a bench trial without a jury. The prosecution argued Teresa Burousas forged a $30,000 postal credit union check the morning of the murder, put $20,000 in her account and left the bank with $10,000 cash.She admitted she met her husband at the end of the driveway. She concealed a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver behind her back and told her husband to open the door of his 2006 Chevy Cobalt, saying she had a surprise for him. She then shot him twice.Veteran GBI crime scene analyst Lanny Cox testified Buzz Burousas was shot once in the chest and then suffered a second wound to the side of his head which was fired from very close range.The couple had an unusual relationship. They met in 1981 at Gordon College, dated every Friday night but did not marry until January 2006. After the wedding they lived with their respective parents until their home between Zebulon and Concord was built and then they moved there in September 2006.Just days after the murder, the Burousas’ home mysteriously burned to the ground. In 2011, the state fire marshall’s office said the cause of the fire was undetermined and closed the case. Defense attorney Ricky Morris claimed Buzz Burousas abused his wife.Judge Baldwin found Teresa Burousas guilty of voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during commission of a crime. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 10 years probation with credit for the two years she had spent in jail awaiting the trial.At present, she is incarcerated at Pulaski State Prison near Hawkinsville. She has served over five years in confinement.At the time of the shooting, her father the late Doug Mangham was chairman of the Pike County commission.Snapped is the Oxygen channel’s true-life crime series which focuses on an average woman who suddenly ‘˜snaps’ and kills her husband or someone else close to her. The show has been on air for 11 years and is in season 17.
Snapped episode featuring Burousas murder debuts Sunday at 9 p.m.
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