Darquan Lynneral Swift, now age 20, had been on trial for a July 2009 shooting and attempted robbery that left Antonio Burks and another male victim critically injured, and several other victims were robbed.
On Monday, July 20th, 2009, Antonio Burks and his brother were in the backyard of 353 LaClede Street in South Memphis when three males entered the yard armed with handguns. The armed gunmen ordered everyone to lay on the ground. Burks tried to run from the scene when he encountered Swift who shot Burks, critically wounding him and another male victim. Swift then robbed several of the other victims at gunpoint and fled the scene.
Memphis Police Department Robbery detectives conducted the investigation and developed Swift as the primary suspect who shot the victims, and that he had robbed or attempted to rob the other victims.
Swift was convicted on one count of especially aggravated robbery, one count of attempted second degree murder, one count of attempted especially aggravated robbery, 3 counts of aggravated robbery, one count of attempted aggravated robbery and one count of employment of a firearm to commit a dangerous felony. Swift will face 15 to 101 years of imprisonment for the crimes, and is scheduled for sentencing on August 12, 2011 in Criminal Court Division 9.
Assistant District Attorneys Paul Hagerman and Neal Oldham prosecuted the case.