Friday, 25 September 2015 10:14

Man Convicted of 2013 Murder in Parkway Village

Courtney Fifer Courtney Fifer SCSO, SCDAG
MEMPHIS – Sept. 25, A Parkway Village man was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder in the 2013 shooting death of another man during an attempted robbery, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Friday.
A Criminal Court jury also convicted defendant Courtney Fifer, 24, of attempted aggravated robbery and convicted felon in possession of a handgun.
By law, Fifer was automatically sentenced to life in prison for the murder. Judge John Campbell will sentence him on the other two charges on Oct. 30.
The shooting occurred around 10 p.m. on Sept. 16, 2013, in the 3200 block of Ashwood Street where victim Ramon Chism and another man had gone in a van to sell cocaine to an acquaintance.
While Chism and the other man sat in the van with the man who was buying the drugs, Fifer – who was known to the drug buyer - walked up, asked about buying cocaine and then ordered them to “drop it off.”
When Chism began to drive away, however, Fifer shot him in the arm.
The bullet went through his arm, into his chest and passed through his abdomen. Chism, 31, continued driving until he passed out near a service station in the 4200 block of Winchester Road near South Goodlett.
Chism was taken to a hospital where he died.
Fifer has a teardrop tattoo near his right eye, as described by witnesses. He turned himself in to police a week later.
The case was prosecuted by Asst. Dist. Atty. Kirby May, lead prosecutor of Division 6 Criminal Court.