Tuesday, 22 April 2014 18:03

Three Teens Indicted in Robbery, Murder of Contractor

MEMPHIS – Three teenagers were indicted Tuesday on robbery and first-degree murder charges in the shooting death last fall of a contractor at a Parkway Village home site, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Contractor John ‘J.P.’ Shelley, 42, of the Collierville area was shot to death during the holdup last Oct. 4 as he and construction worker Octavio Sanchez were making repair estimates on a rental home at 4776 Scottsdale.
The grand jury indicted Derek Cunningham, 16, Corey Sandifer, 16, and Thomas Moss Jr., 17, on charges of first-degree murder in the perpetration of a robbery, especially aggravated robbery and aggravated robbery.
Cunningham also was indicted on charges of premeditated first-degree murder.
All three defendants gave statements admitting some involvement. They are being held without bond.
The victims were robbed of cash, wallets, an iPhone and an iPad.
The case is being handled by Ray Lepone, chief prosecutor of the Multi-Agency Gang Unit Prosecution Team, and prosecutor Neal Oldham, also a member of the unit that handles violent cases involving gangs, including homicides, robberies, kidnappings, rapes and narcotics.