Thursday, 15 September 2011 00:00

Memphis Teen Convicted in Murder of Pizza Delivery Man

September 15th, 2011 - A jury in Criminal Court Division 9 has convicted DEAN HEATH, age 19, for the June 2009 robbery and slaying of STEPHEN FAULKNER, age 29.
Memphis Police found Faulkner's body in the front yard of 4896 Brentdale, Saturday, June 20, 2009, at approximately 11:34 pm. He had suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest. Shelby County Medical Examiners office ruled the death a homicide.
Information at trial indicated that Heath and two others, (one male, one female), had conspired to place a fake pizza order to lure and to rob the delivery person of money. Heath, then age 17, hid outside the vacant home on Brentdale while the two others waited in front of the house. When Faulkner arrived at the house, Heath and the male conspirator ambushed Faulkner. They forced him to the ground at gunpoint and robbed him. After they took Faulkner's money, Faulkner tried to flee. Heath and the other male chased Faulkner and shot him.
Heath was originally indicted for first degree murder in perpetration of a robbery, premeditated first degree murder, and especially aggravated robbery. The jury convicted him on all three counts and the murder charges were merged into one first degree murder conviction.
After the jury's guilty verdict, Judge Mark Ward sentenced Heath to life imprisonment with possibility for parole. He must serve fifty-one years for the first degree murder conviction. For the especially aggravated robbery, Heath could face an additional 15-25 years imprisonment. He is scheduled for sentencing on October 14th, 2011 for the especially aggravated robbery conviction.
Ray Lepone and Tracye Jones, Assistant District Attorneys assigned to the District Attorney General's Gang and Narcotics Prosecution Unit prosecuted the case.