Friday, 17 February 2017 12:32

Convicted Felon Guilty in 2015 Murder on Lamar

Toran Harper Toran Harper SCSO
MEMPHIS – Feb. 17, 2017 - A Criminal Court jury took just 30 minutes to convict a 29-year-old man of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a motorist at a service station in 2015 in southeast Memphis, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Friday.
Defendant Toran Harper was automatically sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Kendrick Marr and faces additional time for additional convictions of aggravated robbery, attempted especially aggravated robbery and being a convicted felon with a handgun.
He will be sentenced by Judge Lee Coffee on March 24.
Marr, 37, was shot to death on March 1, 2015, shortly after he and his cousin pulled into the service station on Lamar near I-240 to meet with two women. Moments after the two women got into the car, however, Harper also climbed in the back seat, pointed a gun at the cousins and demanded money.
Marr’s cousin surrendered his cash and quickly exited the vehicle, but Marr, who was in the front passenger seat, began fighting with Harper and was shot in the chest. Marr got out of the car, walked a few steps and collapsed.
The two women, Tonisha Thompson and Gabrielle McNeil, fled the scene in their own vehicle, but were later arrested and are awaiting trial for their role in the robbery-murder. They testified against Harper in the trial this week.
The case was handled by Alanda Dwyer, chief prosecutor of the Special Prosecution Unit (SPU) in Division 7, and by Asst. Dist. Atty. Chris Lareau, also with the special unit that seeks maximum sentencing for repeat felony offenders.