MEMPHIS, TN, Jan. 31,2014 - A jury convicted 28-year-old Scott Lee of first-degree murder in the perpetration of a robbery in a 2010 late-night shooting near Poplar and Hollywood, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Scott Lee was automatically sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Ameer Althaibani, 21, on Sept. 17, 2010, near Hollins and Merton in the Bingamton area.
Lee also was convicted of two counts of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated robbery, employing a firearm in the commission of a dangerous offense and felon with a handgun.
He will be sentenced on those cases Feb. 28 by Criminal Court Judge James Beasley Jr.
The shooting occurred at around 11:45 p.m. after Althaibani and two cousins missed a turn as they headed to their home near Highland and Summer.
Lee and another suspect who had approached them at a gas station moments earlier pulled their vehicle in front of the victims, forcing them to stop their car.
The two assailants demanded money from Althaibani and his cousins and then began shooting as the victims quickly drove away. The defendants fired at least nine times, killing Althaibani and wounding one of his cousins.
Althaibani was a native of Yemen who was raised in the United States and was visiting from New York when he was killed. He was taking a course in English as a second language in preparation for college, his family said.
A second defendant in the case, Calvin Rogers, 43, is scheduled to be tried in March.
The case was handled by Reginald Henderson, a chief prosecutor in the Special Prosecution Unit (SPU), and by assistant district attorney Pam Stark.
The unit prosecutes repeat offenders and seeks maximum prison sentences in an effort to address recidivism rates in certain crimes.