Monday, 22 September 2014 16:30
MEMPHIS – Sep. 19, 2014 - A Bartlett couple was sentenced Friday to 45 days in jail for aggravated animal cruelty stemming from the dehydration deaths of their four cats they left behind when they abandoned their home in 2012, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Robert Massie, 58, and his wife, Teresa Massie, 50, pleaded guilty in August to four felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty. Similar charges against their two adult daughters were dismissed.
Criminal Court Judge Bobby Carter sentenced them to jail time, 400 hours of community service and said they cannot own pets during their four-years on diversion. They will serve the jail time on weekends.
If they abide by conditions set by the court, their felony convictions will be cleared from their records at the end of the diversion period.
The family left the four male cats behind without food or water when they moved out of their home around October of 2012 in the 3000 block of Marr Cove.
Authorities were notified in March of 2013 when a neighbor saw a dead cat through a window. Bartlett Animal Control officers who discovered the other dead cats said the inside of the home was covered in feces and urine.
One cat was found in a litter box, another on a pillow on a bed, another in a kitchen cupboard and the fourth on the living room floor with a sealed bottle of water nearby.
Bartlett Animal Control Officer Angela Klein told the court the scene was one of the worst she had ever worked. Officers had to wear special hazardous-material protective suits to enter the home.
Bartlett Animal Control Officer Angela Klein said more than 100 letters were sent to the court by animal rights supporters.
The case was handled by assistant district attorneys Abby Wallace and Bryce Phillips.
Monday, 22 September 2014 12:24
MEMPHIS – Sept. 18, 2014 - A Memphis man has pleaded guilty to raping a 22-year-old woman who is unable to speak because of epilepsy, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Thursday.
Monday, 23 June 2014 14:00
MEMPHIS - June 23, 2014 - A man who pleaded guilty in May to raping a 6-year-old girl was sentenced to 32 years in prison, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said.
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 08:03
MEMPHIS - May 29, 2014 - A Millington woman pleaded guilty to stealing more than $100,000 over a two-year period from the Frayser eye clinic where she worked, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 14:02
MEMPHIS - May 6, 2014 - A Rossville man suspected of being a serial rapist has been sentenced to 22 years in prison with no parole for raping a Memphis woman whose finger he nearly bit off, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Tuesday.
Friday, 28 March 2014 13:18
MEMPHIS - A 35-year-old man suspected of being a serial rapist has been convicted of the aggravated rape of a Memphis woman whose finger he nearly bit off, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Friday.
Friday, 31 January 2014 13:49
MEMPHIS, TN, Jan. 31, 2014 - The father of a 3-month-old girl has been convicted of first-degree murder in the baby’s beating death two years ago, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Monday, 09 December 2013 13:06
MEMPHIS, TN – December 9, 2013 - A bookkeeper accused of stealing money and merchandise from a group of businesses pleaded guilty to theft of property over $10,000, said Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 12:02
MEMPHIS, TN - December 3, 2013 - A Memphis woman has been indicted on second-degree murder charges stemming from the shooting death of her boyfriend 13 years ago, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said.
Jacqueline Parson-McFarlin, 43, is charged with killing Harvey Glenn on Nov. 24, 2000, during an argument at the home they shared at 1881 Nantucket in southwest Memphis.
Glenn died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Investigators said Parson-McFarlin flew to New York the day before Glenn's body was found and told relatives there that she had shot him.
Those relatives called her brother in Memphis who went to the Nantucket address where he found Glenn's body in the den.
Parson-McFarlin apparently never returned to Memphis. She was arrested on a murder warrant on Nov. 22 at her home in Conway, Ark.
She waived extradition and is being held in the Shelby County Jail East on $200,000 bond.
Parson-McFarlin appeared for arraignment in Criminal Court Division 3 on Tuesday morning. Judge Bobby Carter reset the case to December 17th to allow her time to hire an attorney.