Defendant Joe Ford, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison, also pled guilty to attempted first-degree murder and to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He received concurrent sentences of 20 years and eight years on those counts in a settlement approved this week by Criminal Court Judge Glenn Wright.
The victim, Edward Bullock Jr., 37, was killed on July 15, 2017, outside a residence in the 3500 block of Grey Bark in the Parkway Village area of southeast Memphis. Another man standing near the truck was endangered by the gunfire, but was not hit.
Witnesses said Ford and Bullock were involved in a physical altercation a short time earlier, and that Ford left, returned with a gun and shot Bullock in the back as he sat in his pickup truck. The truck then rolled down a driveway and came to rest in a yard across the street.
The case was handled by Felony Assts. Jimmy Thomas and Will Cranford of the DA’s Vertical Team 2 which handles cases from General Sessions Division 9 and Criminal Court Division 2.