Calvin Banks, 28, who was automatically sentenced to life in prison for the death of Terrance Davis, also was convicted of filing a false police report and being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.
He will be sentenced on March 29 by Criminal Court Judge Carolyn Wade Blackett for the false report and gun possession cconvictions.
It was an unusual case in which police had a murder weapon before they knew a murder had occurred.
Davis, 25, died shortly before 3 a.m. on March 6, 2014, of multiple gunshot wounds, but his body was not found until several hours later when a group of school children noticed his body face down at Cedar Avenue and North Third Street. Banks, who was acquainted with Davis, showed up that morning in a hospital emergency room with a bullet wound in his foot.
He initially told police he was shot during a drug deal, but then admitted he accidentally shot himself.
Police recovered the gun from his girlfriend’s car and charged Banks with being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.Later, when bullet fragments from the victim’s body matched the handgun, investigators learned that Banks and Davis were acquaintances and that they earlier had had a dispute over a planned robbery.
The case was handled by Chief Prosecutor Paul Hagerman of the DA’s Organized Crime Prosecution Unit (OCPU) and by Asst. Dist. Atty. Gen. Tracye Jones of the DA’s Multi-Agency Gang Prosecution Unit (MGPU).
The OCPU takes many of the cases coming out of the Memphis Police Department’s OCU investigations and undercover operations.
The MGPU handles homicides and other violent crimes associated with gang activity, specific-targeted gang members and special cases assigned by the District Attorney General.
The prosecution team works daily with the MGU Operations team, using local ordinances and state and federal laws to hold offenders accountable.