Friday, 08 November 2013 08:58

Two Juveniles to be Tried as Adults in Robberies, Shootings

MEMPHIS, TN November 6, 2013 - Two Memphis teenagers charged in two separate shootings this summer were transferred from Juvenile Court to be tried as adults on robbery and attempted murder charges, said Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich.
Demarcus 'Jr.' Jones, 16, and Quindarius 'Quin' Reed, 15, were among three assailants who robbed and shot 19-year-old Corey Levy as he was delivering pizzas around 10 p.m. on June 6 at 3158 Cypress Lake Drive near Quince and Riverdale in southeast Memphis.Levy was critically wounded in the incident.
Jones and Reed face charges of attempted first-degree murder and especially aggravated robbery in that case.
The transfer hearing was held before Juvenile Court Special Judge Dan Michael.
A third defendant charged in the case, Zaccheus 'Zack' Scott, 19, has waived a preliminary hearing and is awaiting action by a Shelby County Grand Jury.
Jones also will be tried as an adult in the June 21 attack on Devin Champion, 19, who was shot four times in the head, but survived.
Champion was found critically injured around 10 p.m. on June 21 at 6775 Lennox Center Court near Kirby Parkway and Knight Arnold Road Extended in southeast Memphis.
He told investigators two men he knew as "Zack" and "Jr." robbed him of $500, shot him multiple times, forced him into car trunk and then took him to Lennox Center where they left him to die.
Jones and Scott face charges of attempted first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery and especially aggravated kidnapping in the attack on Champion.
They also are charged with a residential burglary earlier that day in the 3500 block of East Regency Park where they stole a woman's white Ford Taurus.That night, after shooting and robbing Champion, they doused the car with gasoline and set it afire.
The cases are being handled by assistant district attorney Ray Lepone, chief prosecutor of the Multi-Agency Gang Unit Prosecution Team.