Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 08 June 2011
June 9, 2011 - A jury in Shelby County Criminal Court Division 3 found Troy Ector, age 21, guilty in the 2009 carjacking and kidnapping of a Memphis woman.
The crime occurred on March 10, 2009. Ector, age 18 at the time, approached the female victim as she was getting out of her car near the 5100 block of Wayfarer Circle in Southeast Memphis. Ector, armed with a handgun, ordered the woman back into her car, and drove the car to a nearby apartment complex. There Ector forced her to perform sex acts and then forced her out of the car, and drove off. On March 14th, police located the car occupied by Ector in the 9000 block of Fulton in Northeast Memphis, near Cordova. Ector was arrested and charged. Ector, just three months earlier, had been released on judicial diversion for an attempted aggravated burglary in 2008.
The jury found Ector guilty of especially aggravated kidnapping, carjacking and employing a firearm during the carjacking. Ector is scheduled for sentencing on July 12, 2011, and faces mandatory minimum sentence of 6 years imprisonment for employing a firearm during the carjacking, 15-25 years for the aggravated kidnapping and 8-12 years for the carjacking.
Assistant District Attorney Stacy McEndree and Shaun Schielke prosecuted the case.
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June 9, 2011 - Shelby County Jury in Criminal Court Division 5 found Jeremy Stevenson guilty in the murder of a West Memphis man in Northaven in 2009.
Jeremy Stevenson, age 21, was on trial for the fatal shooting of Kerry Collins, age 49, of West Memphis. On November 19th, 2009, Shelby County Sheriff's deputies responded to the shooting in the 4900 block of Ruthie Cove in Northaven. There they found Collins fatally wounded in a parked car. Collins had been shot several times, and was pronounced dead on the scene. The Sheriff's Department investigation later revealed that Stevenson had robbed and shot Collins and left him to die. Information in the trial indicated that Stevenson, then only 19 years old, planned the robbery after having a female accomplice lure Collins into the area for sex. On November 21, 2009, Stevenson and the female accomplice were located and arrested at 4969 Ruthie Cove.
Stevenson was found guilty of murder in perpetration of especially aggravated robbery, and especially aggravated robbery. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with parole in 51 years for the murder, and is scheduled for sentencing on the especially aggravated robbery charge on August 15, 2011.
Assistant District Attorneys Paul Hagerman and Eric Christensen prosecuted the case.
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