On Friday, June 10th, 2011 a jury in Criminal Court Division 4 found James Michael Snipes, age 22, guilty of killing Charles Beegle during the burglary of his Berclair home on August 2, 2008. Information at trial showed that Snipes, age 19 at the time, broke into Beegle’s home at 4370 Zelda, armed with a pistol. During the burglary, Beegle confronted Snipes and two male accomplices. Snipes fired several shots at Beegle, fatally wounding him. Snipes and his accomplices fled the scene in a truck, but were apprehended by Memphis Police while fleeing the area.
James Michael Snipes was convicted of murder in perpetration of a felony, second degree murder, aggravated burglary and employing a firearm during a dangerous felony. He is scheduled to be sentenced for the on July 12th, 2011, in Criminal Court Division 4.
John Michael Smith, (Snipes’ accomplice), was previously convicted of murder in perpetration of a felony, second degree murder, aggravated burglary and employing a firearm during a felony. Smith was sentenced to life imprisonment for his part in Beegle’s death.
Assistant District Attorneys Greg Gilbert and Lora Fowler prosecuted this case.