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Monday, 08 April 2019 14:44

Man Pleads Guilty in Domestic Homicide

April 8, 2019 – A 32-year-old man pled guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the 2016 shooting death of his girlfriend at the Buntyn-area residence they shared, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Defendant Eric Dewayne Carpenter was sentenced to 30 years in prison without the possibility for parole under the settlement approved by the victim’s family and by Criminal Court Judge Glenn Wright.
The case involves the death of Wakesha Bufford, 23, whose body was found in the early-morning hours of Dec. 9, 2016, in a bedroom at the residence in the 3100 block of Monterrey Square near Southern and South Greer.
She died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Investigators said a friend of the victim was talking with her on the phone when the victim screamed that Carpenter had kicked in the door. The friend said she started calling her friend’s name and called back seven times, but got no response.
Another witness at a nearby residence saw Carpenter getting into his car and driving away during the same time period.
Carpenter was arrested later in Dallas and was extradited to Memphis.
The case was handled by Chief Prosecutor Greg Gilbert and Asst. Dist. Atty. Sam Winnig of the DA’s Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit which prosecutes felony cases of domestic assault and homicide committed by intimate partners. The Unit also works closely with the Shelby County Family Safety Center to provide services and assistance to victims and their families.