Evidence at trial showed that Willie Duncan and his two (2) accomplices (Jamar Cobbins, age 20 and Calvion Morrison, age 17) robbed two (2) men inside a hotel room in the 2400 block of Mt. Moriah Road on December 7, 2011. Evidence at trial revealed Duncan shot one (1) of the men during the robbery.
Duncan went to the hotel room with Cobbins and Morrison (then age 16) to rob the occupants of marijuana and money. Duncan knocked on the door and Cobbins and Morrison forced entry to the room when victims opened the door. Duncan held the two (2) men at gunpoint and demanded drugs and money from them. Duncan took money and drugs from both men and shot one (1) of the men, critically wounding him. Duncan fled the scene with Cobbins and Morrison. Memphis police later located and arrested Duncan. Cobbins and Morrison were also arrested and await trial.
Especially aggravated kidnapping and especially aggravated robbery are both class “A” felonies with a sentence range between fifteen (15) and sixty (60) years with no possibility of parole. Aggravated robbery is a class “B” felony with a sentence range between eight (8) and thirty (30) years. Aggravated burglary is a class “C” felony with a sentence range between three (3) to sixteen (16) years. Employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony is a class “C” felony with a mandatory minimum sentence of six (6) years and no possibility of parole.
Willie Duncan will be sentenced on September 10, 2013.
Assistant district attorneys Betsy Wiseman and Meghan S. Fowler prosecuted the case.
Judge Mark Ward presided.