Thursday, 11 June 2015 06:51

Woman Pleads Guilty to Two Murders, Sentenced to 32 Years

Ashley Carver Ashley Carver SCSO
MEMPHIS – June 10, 2015 - A 25-year-old woman on trial for luring a retired police officer into a fatal robbery trap pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder Wednesday and was sentenced to 32 years in prison with no parole, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Amy Weirich.
The trial of Ashley Carver in Criminal Court ended when she admitted her involvement in the shooting death of Charles Jones, 57, who was shot to death by her partner when Jones came to see her on Feb. 16, 2012, at 149 W. Norwood. Judge James Beasley heard the plea.
Carver also pleaded guilty to a similar setup in which Leonard Davidson, 40, was shot and killed on Jan. 20, 2012, in the 700 block of North Montgomery. She was scheduled to be tried in that case later.
In addition to her murder pleas, Carver also pleaded guilty to two counts of especially aggravated robbery and one count of especially aggravated kidnapping. The charges are related to the homicides.
Three codefendants also face charges related to those and two other killings that occurred around the same time.
One of those defendants, Carver’s boyfriend Michael Dean, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder, including the shooting deaths of James Rucker, 40, and Melody Weddle, 26, on Dec. 8, 2011, at 830 N. Claybrook.
Prosecutors have filed notice to seek the death penalty for Dean, 36.
Defendant Lewis Gibson, 24, also is charged in the murder of Leonard Davidson and Demetreous Santiago, 21, also is charged in the murder of Charles Jones.
All of the cases are being handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Ray Lepone, chief prosecutor of the Multi-Agency Gang Prosecution Unit, and Alanda Dwyer, chief prosecutor of the Special Prosecution Unit in Criminal Court Div. 10.
Dean was believed to be a member of a gang.