Tuesday, 17 September 2013 08:31

Frederick Thomas Convicted of First Degree Murder for Wife’s Shooting Death

Frederick W. Thomas Frederick W. Thomas SCSO
MEMPHIS, TN – On Thursday, September 12, 2013, a Shelby County jury convicted Frederick Wendell Thomas, age 42, of first degree murder for fatally wounding his wife, Tiffany Thomas.
Evidence at trial revealed that Frederick Thomas fatally shot his wife multiple times in the presence of the couple’s two (2) daughters, and then shot himself.
The couple was arguing in their home at 2479 Whitney on November 8th, 2011. As the argument became heated, Thomas aimed a handgun at Tiffany Thomas and fired it several times in front of his younger daughter. Frederick chased Tiffany into another room where he fatally wounded her while she was on the telephone with 911 dispatchers. The oldest daughter witnessed Thomas shoot himself in the head.
Emergency personnel arrived and found Tiffany Thomas deceased and Frederick Thomas suffering from the self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Thomas is sentenced to life in prison with possibility of parole for the murder of Tiffany Thomas.
Assistant district attorneys Karen Cook and Jeff Jones prosecuted the case.
The District Attorney General’s Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit (DVU) handles all misdemeanors and felonies involving intimate partner abuse. DVU utilizes a vertical prosecution approach in felony cases of domestic assault and homicide committed by intimate partners. In addition to holding offenders of intimate partner abuse accountable, the DVU works closely with the Shelby County Family Safety Center to provide domestic violence victims and their families access to a full range of services and assistance.
Judge Bobby Carter presided.