Thursday, 10 May 2018 15:52

Man Indicted in Murder of Auto Passenger

Harris Harris
May 10, 2018 – A southwest Memphis man was indicted Thursday on first-degree murder and other charges stemming from the early-morning shooting death last fall of a 61-year-old man, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Megale Harris, 32, also was indicted on two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony. He is being held without bond.
Investigators said the incident occurred around 4 a.m. on Oct. 24 last year as the victim, Walter Hammond, and two friends were traveling in a small sedan eastbound on Fields Road when an SUV pulled beside them and asked who they were.
The driver of the sedan turned right and headed south on Fields, but the SUV cut the vehicle off as it neared Levi Road. Investigators said the driver of the SUV exited with a pistol, while a passenger in his vehicle began firing at the men in the sedan.
Hammond, who was in the front passenger seat of the sedan, was struck in the stomach. The sedan’s driver pulled away in reverse and then drove his wounded friend to a hospital. Hammond underwent surgery, but remained in critical condition and died on Nov. 1.
Harris was identified, arrested charged in December as one of the two gunmen in the SUV. The second gunman has not yet been identified.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Omar Malik of the District Attorney’s Special Prosecution Unit which seeks maximum sentencing for repeat felony offenders.