Monday, 01 April 2019 12:45

Man Convicted in Fatal Drive-by Shooting

April 1, 2019 – A 20-year-old man has been convicted in a 2016 drive-by shooting in Frayser in which a teenage girl was killed, two people were wounded and several others, including a 7-day-old baby, were endangered, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Defendant Jocquez Parham, who was 18 at the time, faces a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison with no parole when he is sentenced later this month by Criminal Court Judge James Lammey Jr.
A jury convicted him Friday afternoon of second-degree murder, seven counts of attempted second-degree murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony.
Investigators said that on Dec. 7, 2016, Parham drove by a residence in the 1900 block of The Oaks Ave. near Overton Crossing and began shooting, striking two victims who were in the front yard. Bullets also penetrated the house, striking 18-year-old Rovenia Williams in the hip and causing her death.
Several other children and adults were in the house, but were not injured.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Stephanie Johnson and Ryan Thompson.