Monday, 29 April 2019 10:43

Man Convicted of Killing Scooter Operator

April 29, 2019 – A Memphis man has been convicted of killing an acquaintance in an ambush shooting in 2015 as the victim was riding a scooter near Kimball and Lamar, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Defendant Demarcus Stevenson, 21, was convicted of second-degree murder as charged for the shooting death of Frederick Johnson, 36. He also was convicted of attempted second-degree murder and employing a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony.
Stevenson will be sentenced May 28 by Criminal Court Judge James Lammey Jr.
The shooting occurred in the early-morning hours of Sept. 5, 2015, shortly after witnesses said Johnson confronted Stevenson in a convenience story about Stevenson shooting him two years earlier.
Stevenson, who was 17 at the time, left in a car with several companions. The driver headed west down Kimball, then stopped and turned out the headlights. Moments later, Johnson and another man left the store on a scooter heading the same direction on Kimball.
As the scooter passed the parked vehicle, Stevenson opened fire, striking Johnson several times and killing him. His passenger was slightly injured when the scooter crashed, but he was not hit by the gunfire.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Stephanie Johnson and Ryan Thompson.