Monday, 01 April 2019 11:31

Whitehaven Man Guilty in Double Homicide

April 1, 2019 – A Whitehaven man has been convicted in the home-invasion robbery and shooting deaths of a couple in 2016, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
A Criminal Court jury convicted 26-year-old Juvonta Carpenter on two counts of premeditated first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree murder in the perpetration of a robbery and aggravated robbery. The verdicts were returned Friday.
Carpenter was automatically sentenced to life in prison on the murder counts and will be sentenced on the aggravated robbery conviction on April 30 by Judge Chris Craft.
Victims Joe Fifer, 22, and Tamara Davis, 26, were found dead of multiple gunshot wounds around 3:45 a.m. on Jan. 9, 2016, at their apartment in the 4700 block of Haven Court near East Shelby Drive and Tulane Road.
Investigators said Carpenter and at least one other man knocked on the couple’s door and when Fifer answered, they rushed inside and began shooting.
A codefendant charged in the case, Gerald Shields, 28, is scheduled to be in court later this month.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Chris Lareau and Melanie Headley Cox 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.