Thursday, 21 March 2019 14:53

Driver Pleads Guilty in Bicyclist’s Death

March 21, 2019 – A motorist with a blood-alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit pled guilty Thursday to aggravated vehicular homicide for killing a bicyclist two years ago in southwest Memphis, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Melvin Willies, 66, who has a prior DUI conviction, was sentenced to 15 years in prison and must serve at least 60 percent of his sentence before he can be considered for parole. The plea was approved by Criminal Court Judge John Campbell.
The victim, 32-year-old Kenya Matthews, was the son of Ella Taylor and talk show host Thaddeus Matthews.
Investigators said Willies was intoxicated when he was driving south on Weaver Road near Raines Road when he struck and killed Kenya Matthews the evening of June 15, 2017. Willies had a BAC of .21, more than twice the legal limit of .08.
A Good Samaritan witness stopped is car, turned on his flashers, and called 911.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Sam Winnig and Jen Morris of the DA’s DUI Prosecution Unit whose members work with local law enforcement seeking to reduce the number of DUI-related fatalities and injuries.
The DUI Prosecution Unit also conducts training sessions to update law enforcement officers on changes in traffic and DUI laws.