Items filtered by date: Thursday, 21 November 2013
MEMPHIS, TN - November 22, 2013 - A Milwaukee man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his sister's husband in 2010, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said.
James Zell Smith, an over-the-road truck driver, was sentenced to 13-and-1/2 years in prison as a mitigated offender, the lowest sentence allowed for second-degree murder.
Smith, age 50, originally was charged with first-degree murder which carries a sentence of life in prison.
As a prosecution witness last year, Smith told a Criminal Court jury that his sister, Patricia Matting, put him up to the attack after telling him that her husband, Fredrick Matting, age 51, was abusive to her.
Patricia Matting, 54, pled guilty in August to a reduced charge of reckless homicide and false reporting after a jury last year failed to reach a unanimous verdict in her first-degree murder trial.
She was sentenced to eight years in prison and 10 years of probation.
The ambush attack on Fredrick Matting occurred in the early-morning hours of Nov. 2, 2010, when the machinist arrived home at 9123 Afton Cove in Cordova from his night-shift job.
Matting was beaten, shot and stabbed.
Smith was given consideration in his case because of his cooperation with prosecutors in his sister's trial and because he has provided information in another defendant's unrelated case involving the rape of a child.
The murder case and settlement was handled by assistant district attorneys Neal Oldham, Paul Hagerman and Eric Christensen.
Judge James Lammey presided.
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Friday, 22 November 2013 16:36

Memphis Man Convicted in Revenge Shooting

MEMPHIS, TN - November 22, 2013 - Calvin Douglas (age 19) has been convicted of shooting at several people after he ended up on the losing end of a fight last year in North Memphis, Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said.
Calvin Douglas was convicted by a Criminal Court jury on three counts of aggravated assault and one count of reckless endangerment.
The incident occurred on March 7 last year near Pope and Pershing where Douglas was involved in a fight with another man.
After losing the fight, Douglas left and returned with a pistol and began firing at the man, at the man's girlfriend and at the girlfriend's 4-year-old sister. Douglas also fired several times at the man's older brother.
Douglas was arrested later that day, taken to the hospital for injuries from the fight and then was identified in a photo spread by the man at whom he fired his gun.
Assistant district attorneys Nicole Germain and Omar Malik said Douglas fired about 15 times, but that no one was injured.
Douglas will be sentenced Dec. 16 by Judge W. Mark Ward.
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