December 16th, 2011 - Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich announced that Renee Addison, age 18, was indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury for reckless homicide in the shooting death of Sara Galbraith, age 17.
On August 14, 2011, Renee Addison was arrested by Memphis Police Department Homicide investigators after they determined she shot and killed Sara Galbraith inside Addison’s home at 3764 Vanuys Road. Addison, age 17 on the date of the shooting, was remanded to the custody of Shelby County Sheriff by Juvenile Court to be tried as an adult.
Under Tennessee law, reckless homicide is a Class D felony. Upon conviction, the charge carries a sentence of 2-12 years imprisonment.
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December 16th, 2011 - Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich announced that Victor Bradshaw, age 34, was indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury for first degree murder in the shooting death of Donte Nelson, age 21. Bradshaw also faces attempted first degree murder on another male, and for employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.
On June 18th, 2011, Donte Nelson and a male, age 18, were at the scene of a fight in the 1400 block of Eloise in South Memphis. The Memphis Police Department investigation indicated that Victor Bradshaw ran towards them and fired shots at Nelson and the other male. Donte Nelson died at the Regional Medical Center. The other male sustained critical wounds in the shooting.
Memphis Police Department investigators on issued a warrant for Bradshaw and he was arrested on August 15, 2011.
Under Tennessee law, a conviction for first degree murder carries a penalty of death, life imprisonment without possibility of parole, or life imprisonment with possibility of parole. Attempted first degree murder carries a penalty of 15-60 years incarceration. Employment of a firearm during the commission of, or attempt to commit a dangerous felony is a Class C felony. It carries a mandatory minimum six (6) year sentence upon conviction.
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August 18, 2011- Shelby County District Attorney Amy P. Weirich announced that Montavious Haywood, age 26, has been indicted for the shooting death of Mark Anthony Clark, age 29 of Memphis.
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August 18, 2011- Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich announced that Cordell Johnson, age 30, has been indicted for the death of Ariel N. Williams, and the injury of a male earlier this year.
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August 1, 2011- One of the largest money laundering cases ever investigated by the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office and West Tennessee Violent Crime and Drug Task Force has resulted in a 30 count indictment and the arrests of six individuals on money laundering and drug charges.
“Our investigation uncovered a group of individuals who call themselves the “7th Street Murda Squad”, said District Attorney General Amy Weirich. “They were operating a drug and money laundering business from the shadows of downtown Memphis to Millington. The people of Shelby County deserve better,” she said.
On Friday July 29th, 2011, agents with the West Tennessee Violent Crime and Drug Task Force, (WTDTF), arrested David Antwan Lee, age 29, Jamichael Benson, age 30, Terry Parks, age 33, Bryant Lee, age 30, Ernestine Lee, age 46, and Courtney Wilburn, age 30.
The investigation began in September 2010, when WTDTF agents developed information that several members of the street gang known as the “7th Street Murda Squad”, were engaged in cocaine trafficking. During the investigation, agents learned that proceeds of the illegal drug enterprise were used to purchase assets in order to launder the drug proceeds. The assets, valued at over $250,000.00, consisted of mostly cars and jewelry, along with some cash. These items were seized as agents executed search warrants pursuant to the investigation.
David Antwan Lee and Bryant Lee, both known members of “7th Street Murda Squad”, were charged with drug sales for cocaine trafficking. Jamichael Benson, also identified as a 7th Street Murda Squad member, was charged with one count of money laundering. Terry Parks and Ernestine Lee are both charged with four counts of money laundering. Courtney Wilburn is charged with eight counts of money laundering.
Among the assets agents seized Friday include a 2006 Maserati, a vintage, fully restored 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass, a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette, a 2005 Chevrolet Viper Truck, and a Breitling wristwatch valued over $30,000.00.
The investigation in this case is active and ongoing. Additional arrests and charges may be forthcoming.
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Thursday, 28 July 2011 00:00

Former Memphis Police Officer Indicted

July 28, 2011 - A Shelby County Grand Jury indicted a former police officer on charges of theft, official misconduct and official oppression.
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July 11, 2011- A Shelby County Grand Jury has indicted Shelby County General Sessions Court Clerk Otis Jackson on four counts of Official Misconduct.
The Shelby County Attorney’s Office provided information to authorities that prompted the Shelby County District Attorney to initiate an investigation. The indictment states that Otis Jackson, age 51, committed the offenses while serving in his official capacity as Shelby County General Sessions Court Clerk during the fall of 2010. The six month investigation resulted in charges that Jackson violated Shelby County policies and state law §39-16-402 when he required or directed employees to contribute or solicit funds for his own political gains.
“Our citizens place a great deal of trust and confidence in our elected and appointed officials.” said Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich. “When these same officials violate that trust, responsibility rests with our law enforcement community, the District Attorney’s office and our judicial system to identify it, stop it and deter it…to restore public trust.”
Upon conviction, official misconduct is a Class E felony, and carries up to six years imprisonment, and a fine of not more than $3,000.00 dollars per count.
Upon Jackson’s arraignment on the charges, the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office will prosecute the case in Criminal Court.
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March 24, 2011
The Shelby County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Devitoe Farmer for two counts of theft of property over $60,000.00. Mr. Farmer stands accused of taking possession of the homes unlawfully and leasing them to others.
Farmer, age 42, is to be arraigned on the charges on May 6, 2011.
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Thursday, 17 March 2011 00:00

Parole and Probation Employees Indicted

March 17, 2011 - Shelby County District Attorney, Amy P. Weirich, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Director Mark Gwyn, and Board of Probation and Parole Chairman, Charles Traughber, announced today that a state grand jury returned an indictment on two State of Tennessee probation and parole employees on bribery, evidence tampering and official misconduct charges.
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March 10, 2011- Shelby County District Attorney Amy P. Weirich, announced that Rodrecuas Tucker has been indicted for the June 2010 shooting death of Adrianne Cobb.
According to the investigation, on Saturday, June 19, 2010, at approximately 11:40 PM, Cobb, age eighteen, was fatally wounded when Tucker, age 22, fired shots into a crowd outside of 296 Monroe. Cobb died just two days later.
Rodrecuas Tucker is charged with First Degree Murder and Criminal Attempt: First Degree Murder.
In Tennessee, a person convicted of first degree murder could be sentenced to life imprisonment; life imprisonment without possibility of parole; or death.
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