Charles Derrick Harris, 61, also was indicted on charges of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.
On May 14 this year, Harris went to the International House of Pancakes restaurant in the 1200 block of East Shelby Drive and grabbed his waitress-girlfriend by the back of the neck. Customer Devin Wilson asked Harris to let the woman go and then began fighting with Harris in the crowded restaurant.
Investigators said Harris then pulled a gun and shot Wilson in the head and shot a security guard in the forearm as customers fled for safety. Wilson, 27, was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Harris fled the scene, but was captured last month in Chicago by federal marshals. He is now being held without bond in the Shelby County Jail.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Karen Cook, chief prosecutor of the DA’s Special Prosecution Unit (SPU) in Criminal Court Division 8. The SPU seeks the maximum punishment allowed by law for repeat felony offenders.