Friday, 23 September 2016 15:00

Man Indicted in Murder, Robbery at Gas Station

MEMPHIS – September 23, 2016 - A man accused of robbing a Cherry Road service station and killing the owner’s son in February was indicted Thursday on first-degree murder charges, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Defendant Koalis Peete, 23, was wounded and chased from the store by the owner who caught up with him and dragged him back to the store where he was arrested.
Killed in the incident was 20-year-old Abdal Shakoor Sider.
Peete, who is being held without bond, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder in perpetration of a robbery, aggravated robbery and attempted aggravated robbery.
The incident occurred on Feb. 18 at the Citgo gas station at 1525 Cherry Road in southeast Memphis.
Investigators said Peete entered the store armed with a handgun, ordered a clerk to give him money from the cash register and then made the clerk, the owner and his son get down on the floor. He robbed the owner of $100, fired several shots in the store and then shot the owner’s son in the side, killing him. As Peete was leaving, the owner pulled his own gun and fired at the robber, hitting him in the face and the body.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Karen Cook of the DA’ s Special Prosecution Unit which seeks maximum prison sentences for repeat felony offenders.