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Thursday, 19 April 2012 00:00

South Memphis Man Convicted of First Degree Murder

Charles Pennington Charles Pennington
A Shelby County jury on Thursday, April 19, 2012, convicted a South Memphis man for the shooting death of a Midtown man in June 2010.
The jury found Charles Pennington, age 20, guilty of murder in the perpetration of a felony and attempted especially aggravated robbery for the fatal shooting of Ross C. Peden, age 55.
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.