Defendant Gilberto Cantu-Garcia, 25, also was indicted on one count of especially aggravated robbery. He is being held without bond in the Shelby County Jail.
Investigators said Cantu-Garcia shot and killed 31-year-old Brian Flowers around 10 a.m. on April 25, 2019, at the victim’s residence in the 3400 block of Macon Road. They said Cantu-Garcia was seen running from the scene carrying a bag and a handgun, and that he had blood on his shirt.
The following day police put out a media release on the incident and obtained information from a paramedic who said he had taken Cantu-Garcia to the hospital for a medical condition and that the suspect was arrested there on an unrelated charge.
Cantu-Garcia was charged with the murder and robbery after witnesses positively identified him as the person who shot Flowers, went through his pockets and stole a bag from Flowers’ room.
The case is being handled by Chief Prosecutor Theresa McCusker of the District Attorney’s Vertical Team 1 which handles cases from General Sessions Division 7 and Criminal Court Division 1.