Friday, 04 October 2019 15:39

Gunman Convicted in North Memphis Murder Case

Oct. 4, 2019 – A man accused of firing an assault rifle at two acquaintances seated in a car in North Memphis has been convicted of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Both victims were struck more than 10 times, though one man survived.
This week a Criminal Court jury convicted 26-year-old defendant Marcel Holbrook who will receive an automatic life sentence for the murder and up to 25 years in prison for attempted murder. He will be sentenced next month by Judge James Lammey Jr.
The incident occurred around 4 o’clock the afternoon of Nov. 8, 2017, as Duncan Hardy, 54, and Anthony Edwards, 32, were sitting in a car in the 900 block of Alaska near Vollintine in North Memphis.
Witnesses said Holbrook pulled up in a black vehicle, stepped out and opened fire on the two men with an assault rifle. Hardy and Edwards both were hit by at least 10 shots, though Edwards was able to drive several blocks to his mother’s home.
Hardy was pronounced dead in the vehicle at that location, while Edwards’ mother drove him to a hospital in her car.
The shooting was the result of an ongoing dispute involving the defendant and a relative of one of the victims, investigators said.
Holbrook, who has pending drug and gun cases, also was convicted of employing a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Stephanie Johnson and Ryan Thompson.