Friday, 23 September 2016 15:17

Convicted Killer of Minister Gets 21 Years for Robbery

MEMPHIS – September 23, 2016 - A Mississippi man convicted last month of robbing and murdering a Memphis minister has been sentenced to 21 years for the robbery, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Friday.  
The especially aggravated robbery sentence Thursday for defendant Roger Reed Jr. is consecutive to the life sentence Reed has for the shooting death of Don A. Smith, 57, a pastor at Prospect Park Missionary Baptist Church.
Reed’s codefendant, Lashonda Williams, 25, who testified against him, was sentenced last month to 15 years in prison for facilitation to commit first-degree murder.
Smith was found shot to death on Nov. 1, 2014, in a wooded area in the 3800 block of Lichterman Road in southeast Memphis.
Investigators said Reed and Williams, both of Greenville, Miss., got into Smith’s car after an agreement was reached for a sexual transaction, but that Reed then shot Smith in the head and took his watch and $40.
After dumping the victim’s body in the woods, the pair drove to Greenville where they were arrested four days later still driving the pastor’s 2010 white Buick LaCrosse.
The Criminal Court case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Glen Baity and Sam Winnig.