Posted on November 14, 2023

St. Jude Research Doctor Died While Defending Family From Robbers, Court Records Show

Jack Bilyeu, WHBQ, November 14, 2023

A St. Jude Research Doctor was shot and killed while protecting his family from would-be robbers in Downtown Memphis, according to court records.

Those records show that 32-year-old Alexander Bulakhov was with his wife and daughter when he was robbed by a gunman on Sunday, November 12.


Police said that Bulakhov handed over his wallet containing his identification, documents and Discover Credit Card, but the gunman, later identified as 23-year-old Marious Ward, wasn’t satisfied.

Authorities claimed that Ward then pointed the gun at the doctor’s wife and demanded her property as well.

That’s when, according to Ward’s arrest affidavit, Bulakhov stepped in to defend his wife and began fighting with Ward over the gun.

During the struggle, the gun went off, leaving Bulakhov seriously injured, according to police. {snip}

Bulakhov was rushed to the hospital but did not survive his injuries.


MPD said that surveillance video captured before the deadly shooting showed a 2013 Toyota Camry without a bumper and with severe damage to the passenger-side door casing the area. {snip}


Officers said they found that Camry the next day at the Whitney Manor Apartments and saw Ward and 22-year-old Brandy Rucker get into the car.

Brandy Rucker and Marious Ward

Brandy Rucker and Marious Ward

Police said that Ward had a 9mm handgun in his waistband when officers pulled them over, the same gun used to kill the doctor.

MPD said that Ward confessed to killing Bulakhov and that Rucker admitted to driving the getaway car.