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Thursday, 20 June 2013 12:44

Curtis Taylor Convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter, Attempted First Degree Murder and Firearms Charges

Curtis Taylor Curtis Taylor SCSO
MEMPHIS, TN – On Thursday, June 20, 2013 a Shelby County jury convicted Curtis Taylor (age 33) of voluntary manslaughter, attempted first degree murder, employing a firearm during a dangerous felony and convicted felon in possession of a firearm for the July 2011 murder of Radrako Newson (age 28).
The fatal shooting occurred on the evening of July 27, 2011 in front of a convenience store at the intersection of South Parkway and Kerr.
Evidence presented at trial revealed Taylor was present in front of the convenience store with Newson and several other males when an altercation started between the other males. The males were from different gangs and the argument turned physical. Taylor produced a .22 caliber pistol and fired multiple shots at Newson from close range, fatally wounding Newson. Newson collapsed in the street as he and others ran from the store. The entire shooting was recorded on the store’s surveillance video and presented at trial.
Criminal attempt to commit first degree murder is a class “A” felony with a sentence range between fifteen (15) and sixty (60) years. Voluntary manslaughter and employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony are each class “C” felonies with a sentence range between three (3) and fifteen (15) years. Convicted felon in possession of a firearm is a class “E” felony with a mandatory sentence range between one (1) and six (6) years. Taylor is subject to enhanced sentencing due to his previous criminal convictions.
Taylor will be sentenced on July 23, 2013 in Criminal Court Division II.
Assistant district attorneys Colin Campbell and Charles Summers of the Multi-Agency Gang Unit (MGU) Prosecution Team prosecuted the case. Judge Bernie Weinman presided.
The MGU Prosecution Team consists of assistant district attorneys from the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Gang and Narcotics Prosecution Unit and assistant United States attorneys from the Western District of Tennessee. The MGU Prosecution Team utilizes a “vertical prosecution” approach in the criminal cases involving gang members, associates and enterprises.
The MGU is a joint effort of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the Memphis Police Department aimed at eradicating criminal gang activity in the region.