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Thursday, 21 March 2019 14:48

Man Indicted in Westwood Murder

March 22, 2019 – A 20-year-old man has been indicted on first-degree felony murder and other charges stemming from the shooting death of another man  last summer on a community center basketball court in southwest Memphis, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
A grand jury also indicted defendant Thomas Givand on charges of attempted aggravated robbery and two counts of reckless aggravated assault with a deadly weapon involving serious bodily injury. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail.
Investigators said Vincent Jones, 24, was killed and a 13-year-old boy was shot in the foot by the defendant around 8 p.m. on July 29, 2018, at the Westwood Park Community Center on Western Park Drive.
A witness told investigators that Givand was holding a gun as he approached Jones on the basketball court and ordered the victim to “run everything in your pockets.” Givand then shot Jones two times, killing him.
The shooting was captured on a Real Time Crime Center police camera that monitors the basketball court.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Chris Lareau of the DA’s Crime Strategies Prosecution Unit which incorporates and expands the work of the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, the Organized Crime Unit, Project Safe Neighborhood/Gundone, GunStat, the Safe Streets Task Force and the Violent Crime Unit.