Monday, 02 March 2015 15:22

Pair Convicted in South Memphis Shooting Death

Multi-Agency Gang Unit Multi-Agency Gang Unit SCDAG, MGU
MEMPHIS – Two South Memphis men have been convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of another man in the Hillview Apartments, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Monday.
Derrick Benson and Octavius Flynn, both 23, face up to 25 years in prison with no parole when they are sentenced April 13 by Criminal Court Judge Paula Skahan.
The victim, Darrion Johnson, 19, was shot to death around 11 p.m. on Aug. 27, 2012, at the apartment complex near Alcy Samuels Park in South Memphis.
The defendants both used handguns and during the confrontation Benson was shot and wounded by Flynn in the crossfire.
Flynn dropped Benson off at a hospital emergency room a short time later and investigators eventually linked both men to the murder.
The case was handled by assistant district attorneys Colin Campbell and Neal Oldham of the DA’s Multi-Agency Gang Unit Prosecution Team.
The MGU prosecution team handles homicide cases and other violent crimes associated with gang activity, specific targeted gang members and special cases assigned by the District Attorney General.
The prosecution team works daily with the MGU Operations team, using local ordinances and state and federal laws to hold offenders accountable.
About half of the unit’s caseload involves of homicides, with the rest involving violent crimes such as aggravated robberies, kidnappings, rapes, attempted murders and narcotics cases.