Monday, 08 May 2017 12:31

Gunman Convicted Second Time in 2011 Killing

Christopher Swift Christopher Swift
May 5, 2017 – A Criminal Court jury took just one hour Friday to convict a 27-year-old man of first-degree murder in a car-to-car shooting in 2011 in North Memphis following a dispute, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
The shooting by defendant Christopher Swift also left another man paralyzed for a time when a bullet struck him in the back and caused the car he was driving to crash into a pole.
Swift was convicted of first-degree murder for the death of Marco Blockmon, 32, attempted first-degree murder for shooting the driver, and of employing a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony.
The murder conviction carries a sentence of life in prison. Judge James Beasley Jr. will sentence Swift next month for the two other convictions.
Swift was convicted in the same case in 2013, but he was awarded a new trial on appeal. A codefendant, Marquavious Houston, 26, is serving life plus 26 years for the shootings.
The shootings occurred the afternoon of Jan. 17, 2011, on Decatur Street near J.W. Williams Street in North Memphis. The surviving victim identified Swift and Houston by their nicknames, “Jerry Lawler” and “Qua-Qua,” and said the pair opened fire on them from their passing car.
The victim told police that moments earlier defendant Houston and victim Blockmon had a brief argument at a stop sign over a vehicle Blockmon was repairing for Houston.
The case was handled by DA’s Administrative Asst. Reginald Henderson and by Asst. Dist. Atty. Pamela Stark.