Friday, 22 February 2019 13:26

Man Indicted on Kidnapping, Murder Charges

Feb. 21, 2019 – A southeast Memphis man was indicted on first-degree murder charges Thursday in the shooting death of another man whose girlfriend was being held in the defendant’s apartment, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Justin Mays, 22, also was indicted on charges of aggravated kidnapping. He is being held without bond in the Shelby County Jail.
The incident occurred on Nov. 24, 2017, at an apartment in the 6900 block of Stone Ridge Drive where 24-year-old Pierre Cheer was found near the front door, bleeding from a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
An investigation showed that his 25-year-old girlfriend had gone to the apartment to see Mays in a prearranged meeting. The woman said she called Cheer when Mays became aggressive and would not let her leave.
When Cheer arrived, he and Mays argued at the front door. The victim saw Mays with a handgun and told him, “You’re gonna have to shoot me because I ain’t leaving without her.” Mays then fired one shot at Cheer, striking him in the head and killing him.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Lora Fowler, Division Leader of Criminal Court 2.