On August 9, 2011 Memphis Police Department Union Station patrol officers responded to a call to McNeil’s home at 426 North Montgomery. Friends had not heard from McNeil and went to the location and discovered McNeil’s partially decomposed remains inside the home. MPD Homicide Bureau made the scene and determined that McNeil had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. The investigation determined that Melrico Nelvis was the person responsible for the murder of Johnny McNeil.
According to the investigation, McNeil was killed when Nelvis and an accomplice went to McNeil’s home to rob him. After the robbery, McNeil was shot and left to die. Nelvis and his accomplice left the house in McNeil’s car.
A conviction for first degree murder is punishable by death, life in prison with no possibility of parole, or life in prison with possibility of parole after fifty-one (51) years.