A Criminal Court jury on Friday convicted Timothy McKinney of attempted second-degree murder, which will trigger an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole under the state’s three-strikes law.
He will be formally sentenced on Feb. 26 by Judge James C. Beasley Jr.
McKinney, 41, had been out of prison less than a year when he was arrested in January of 2014 when the teen was shot in the North Memphis Market at 1500 Vollintine Ave.The shooting was captured on video surveillance.
Investigators said McKinney and another man in the store had been involved in an altercation and that McKinney shot and critically wounded the boy while trying to shoot the other man.
In 1999, McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for the shooting death of Officer Williams outside a Frayser nightclub.
He later was awarded a new trial when an appeals court ruled that his defense counsel were ineffective.
After two retrials resulted in hung juries, McKinney pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in May of 2013, was sentenced to time served and was released.
On Friday he also was convicted of employing a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony, two counts of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon and three counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.
The trial this week was handled by Alanda Dwyer, chief prosecutor of the DA’s Special Prosecution Unit (SPU), and Asst. Dist. Atty. Stacy McEndree , also of SPU.
SPU prosecutes repeat felony offenders and seeks the maximum sentence available by law.