A grand jury indicted Montavious Farmer on charges of first-degree murder in the perpetration of a felony (aggravated robbery), especially aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and serious bodily injury, and reckless endangerment.
The victim was Matthew Taylor, 34, who had driven to Memphis when Farmer responded to a Facebook posting on which Taylor was offering to sell a pair of tennis shoes, investigators said.
The incident occurred on Jan. 5, 2019, in the area of 6200 Arborwood Drive in the Arbor of Hickory Ridge Apartments near Ridgeway Road and Knight Arnold Road.
Police were called to the location around 9:30 a.m. where they found Taylor in the front seat of his car, dead from multiple gunshot wounds. Farmer was developed as a suspect and was arrested three days later.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Leslie Fouche of the DA’s Special Prosecution Unit which seeks maximum sentencing for repeat felony offenders.