Monday, 22 September 2014 16:17

Man Convicted in Stabbing Death of Girlfriend

Maurice Blocker Maurice Blocker SCSO
MEMPHIS – Sep. 19, 2014 - A 57-year-old man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the 2012 stabbing death of his girlfriend, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Friday.
Maurice Blocker was automatically sentenced to life in prison after a Criminal Court jury returned its verdict late Thursday afternoon.
Witnesses said Blocker attacked Laticia Boddie, 44, while they were visiting friends on April 15, 2012, at 714 Hazelwood in southwest Memphis.
Blocker became angry and began punching and kicking Boddie who tried to get away from him, but fell. Blocker then stabbed her with a knife.
Boddie died of her wounds later at a hospital.
Blocker fled, but was arrested in California about two months later and was returned to Memphis by a prison transport service.
The case was handled by assistant district attorneys Missy Branham and Glenda Adams of the DA’s Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit (DVPU) which prosecutes cases of domestic assault and homicide committed by intimate partners.
The unit also works closely with the Family Safety Center to provide services and assistance to victims and their families.