Defendants Gregory Donta Blockman, 29, and Tommy Armstrong, 48, are being held on $250,000 bonds. They are scheduled to be in Criminal Court Division 2 on Monday.
The Memphis Police Department Organized Crime Unit investigation showed that on Aug. 14 last year, Armstrong drove a 28-year-old friend, Christopher Holley, to the emergency room at St. Francis Hospital. He told attendants Holley had taken heroin and then drove away when they took Holley inside the emergency room for treatment.
Holley was unconscious and soon was pronounced dead. An autopsy report listed the cause of death as acute heroin, cocaine, Fentanyl and alcohol intoxication.
An investigation showed that Armstrong drove Holley to a house on Marble near Evergreen in North Memphis to meet Blockman and purchase heroin. After Holley bought about $60 worth of heroin, he gave Armstrong a small amount to snort and then used the rest himself.
Armstrong told investigators that he drove Holley to the hospital when he became unconscious and would not wake up.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Chris Scruggs of the DA’s Multi-Agency Gang Unit Prosecution Team that handles homicide cases 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.