Defendants Jaelen Bell, 20, Demerrick Porter and Christian Key, both 18, also were indicted on charges of attempted second-degree murder and employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony.
All are in custody in the Shelby County Jail.
On March 28, 2018, police were called to the 4500 block of Cognac Cove in the Hickory Ridge area where they found 24-year-old Christopher Smith in the front seat of his car, dead from gunshot wounds.
His 23-year-old cousin was nearby, suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.
Investigators said the cousins had suspected the three defendants of being involved in the theft of Smith’s vehicle and followed them for several blocks to obtain their license number. Police said the defendants stopped their vehicle, got out and began shooting at Smith and his cousin.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Stephen Ragland of the DA’s Crime Strategies Prosecution Unit which incorporates and expands the work of the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, the Organized Crime Unit, Project Safe Neighborhood/Gundone, GunStat, the Safe Streets Task Force and the Violent Crime Unit.