Friday, 21 April 2017 10:29

Frayser Man Convicted in Attempted Murder Case

Eric Battle Jr. Eric Battle Jr.
April 21, 2017--- A Frayser man was convicted Thursday of attempted first-degree murder and other charges for shooting into a car filled with people as it pulled into a gas station in 2014, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
     A Criminal Court jury also convicted defendant Eric Battle Jr., 25, of five counts of aggravated assault, employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony and being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.
    He will be sentenced May 19 by Judge Lee Coffee.
   The shooting, which apparently stemmed from an ongoing feud, occurred the night of Dec. 19, 2014, at a service station in the 4300 block of New Allen Road. Witnesses said Battle stepped out of a light blue vehicle with a handgun and began shooting into the victims’ car.
   Two bullets struck the car, including one that penetrated the driver’s side rear passenger door and hit a woman in the lower left thigh. She was treated at a hospital and released.
   Some of the victims’ knew Battle and later identified him as the shooter.
   The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Kevin McCalpin of the DA’s Special Prosecution Unit which seeks maximum sentences for repeat felony offenders.