Peden was shot inside his pick up truck in the area of Orleans and Richmond on Monday, June 7th, 2010.
Memphis Police Department Homicide Bureau investigation revealed that Pennington and two accomplices planned to rob Peden after they learned he would be in the area. During the robbery attempt, Peden struggled with Pennington over the gun while inside Peden’s truck. Peden was fatally wounded during the struggle. Pennington’s two accomplices, Jerome White and Demonique Harris have been indicted and will be tried at a later date. Both White and Harris testified at Pennington’s trial.
Pennington’s conviction of first degree murder carries a life sentence with possibility of parole after fifty-one (51) years. Attempted especially aggravated robbery is a class B felony and carries a sentence range of eight (8) to thirty (30) years. Pennington is scheduled to be sentenced for the attempted especially aggravated robbery conviction on May 25th, 2012.
Assistant District Attorneys Neal Oldham and Tracye Jones, both assigned to the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Gang and Narcotics Prosecution Unit, prosecuted this case in Criminal Court Division IX.