MEMPHIS May 15, 2014 - The mother of a 7-week-old baby girl she reported missing in January was indicted Thursday on charges of first-degree murder and other charges, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
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MEMPHIS - May 13, 2014 - A 25-year-old man charged with raping a Raleigh woman in March has been indicted for allegedly attempting to rape another woman in February in the same area, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Tuesday.
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MEMPHIS - May 13, 2014 - A Whitehaven man has been indicted on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals for allegedly setting his girlfriend’s dog on fire in 2012, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Tuesday.
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MEMPHIS - May 1, 2014 - A 21-year-old man has been indicted on attempted first-degree murder and eight other charges stemming from a shooting in March at the Oak Court Mall that critically injured one man, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Thursday.
Otis “OJ” Reddic Jr. turned himself in to police Wednesday at the Criminal Justice Center at 201 Poplar.
He is being held on $1 million bond.
The shooting occurred around 5:30 p.m. on March 6 inside the mall at 4465 Poplar injuring Theodis Pitchford, 22, who was with a group of friends near a kiosk on the east end of the lower level.
The police investigation indicated that Reddic pulled out a small handgun from his orange hoodie and fired once at Pitchford, prompting seven others in the immediate area to flee for safety.
Pitchford was shot in the left side and was hospitalized in critical condition, but survived his wound.
Reddic has been indicted on charges of attempted first-degree murder, seven counts of reckless endangerment involving a deadly weapon and employing a firearm during the commission of a felony.
The case is being handled by Ray Lepone, chief prosecutor of the Multi-Agency Gang Unit Prosecution Team.
The team handles homicide cases and other violent crimes associated with gang activity, specific targeted gang members and special cases assigned by the District Attorney General.
The MGU prosecution team works daily with the MGU Operations Team, using local ordinances and state and federal laws to hold offenders accountable.
About half of the unit’s caseload involves homicides, with the rest involving violent crimes such as aggravated robberies, kidnappings, rapes, attempted murders and narcotics cases.
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MEMPHIS - Apr. 29, 2014 - Fifteen people, including a doctor’s office manager, have been indicted on drug charges in which they illegally obtained pain medications with forged prescriptions, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Tuesday.
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MEMPHIS - April 28, 2014 - Two men have been indicted on first-degree murder charges in a drive-by shooting last year in southeast Memphis in which a woman was killed and a man was critically wounded, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
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MEMPHIS - Apr. 10, 2014 - A South Memphis man has been indicted on first-degree murder charges in the shooting death last year of his former girlfriend’s mother, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
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MEMPHIS - Apr. 8, 2014 - More than three dozen members of a long-running drug-ring network that illegally distributed large amounts of Dilaudid and other prescription pills throughout the area have been in indicted on state and federal charges, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich and U.S. Atty. Edward L. Stanton III.
Dubbed “Operation Whitehaven Dilaudid Family,” many of the 23 defendants indicted on state drug charges are family members whose drug-trafficking operation has been in business for more than 15 years, Weirich said.
Officers also seized 10 vehicles, $53,807 in cash, 111 Dilaudid pills and 154 grams of powder cocaine.
Most charges involve high-level felonies with enhanced punishment because they involve drug trafficking in school zones. Charges also include illegal sales of Oxycodone and money laundering. Another 15 defendants are facing federal drug charges.
Weirich, Stanton and assistant district attorney Paul Hagerman said the abuse of prescription pain pills such as Dilaudid destroys lives daily in Tennessee.
“Almost 100 percent of heroin deaths are individuals who began their addictions with pain pills,” Weirich said.
The investigation involved the Memphis Police Department Organized Crime Unit, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Marshal’s Service.
MPD OCU officers executed seven search warrants in apprehending 19 of the 23 defendants charged with conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to manufacture, deliver or sell.
The charges carry up to 25 years in prison without parole.
Those in custody include Jordan Phillips, 25; Natasha Black, 33; Carlos Hailey, 26; James Coleman, 38; Kraig Boddie, 46; Deaderick Sanders, 49; Charlie Moore, 26; Stanley Reese, 29; Markeisha Burse, 33; Dewayne Lewis, 35; Kevin Watson, 35; Symone Austin, 21; Twyla Miles, 54; Darrell Franklin, 48; Alexis Williams, 31; Priest Avant, 26; Freddie Moore, 59; Eddie Gatewood, 40, and Chad Willits, 41.
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MEMPHIS – A South Memphis man has been indicted in a shooting last November that critically injured his pregnant former girlfriend and killed her five-month-old fetus, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Amy Weirich said Friday.
Jonathan Turner, 32, who was the father of the child, is charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.
The shooting occurred around 7 p.m. on Nov. 25 as Darmeisha Gross was walking near South Parkway and Wellington in South Memphis.
When she heard Turner coming up behind her she tried to run, but was shot in the lower back. She told investigators that while she was on the ground she saw Turner standing over her with a large black handgun.
Turner fired four more shots, striking Gross in the right buttocks, the left knee, the right thigh and in the right hand.
Gross pretended to be dead and when Turner left the scene she flagged down a car for help. She was taken to a hospital in critical condition where her unborn child was pronounced dead.
Turner is being held without bond in the Shelby County Jail.
The case is being handled by assistant district attorney Missy Branham of the Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit (DVPU).
The DVPU handles felony cases of domestic assault and homicide committed by intimate partners and works closely with the Shelby County Family Safety Center to provide services and assistance to domestic violence victims and their families.
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MEMPHIS – An employee at Forest Hill Cemetery has been indicted on charges that he stole dozens of name plates and bronze vases and sold them to a recycling center, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Amy Weirich said Monday.
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