Division 10
Monday, 31 October 2011 11:51

Duo Found Guilty of 2009 Robbery & Murder

On Saturday, October 29th, a jury found Maurico Grandberry and Calvin Person both guilty of first degree murder of Free Baptist Strickland, age 34.
On April 25th, 2009, at approximately 11:30 pm, Memphis Police located Strickland’s body behind a vacant house at 2351 Shasta Street in North Memphis. The Memphis police Department Homicide Bureau conducted the investigation into the crime. Strickland had been robbed and had suffered a fatal gunshot wound. The investigation identified Person and Grandberry as the suspects. Both men were arrested on May 1, 2009.
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RODNEY VALENTINO TURNER was sentenced today in Criminal Court Division 10 for the August 3rd, 2009 attempted murder of a Memphis Police Officer and a male robbery victim.
On August 18th, 2011, Turner was found guilty of two counts of criminal attempted first degree murder, and one count of employing of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.
In court today, Turner was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for each of the two attempted first degree murder charges, and a minimum mandatory sentence of ten years for the employment of the firearm during commission of a dangerous felony. The two 40 year sentences will run concurrently. The 10 year sentence will run consecutive to the 40 year sentence, for a total of 50 years. Turner is eligible for parole in approximately 25 years.
Assistant District Attorney Rob Ratton prosecuted the case.
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September 15th, 2011 - A Shelby County jury in Criminal Court Division 10 took just fifteen minutes to convict WESLEY JONES, age 42, for the strangulation murder of Glenda Kimball, age 56.
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On Thursday September 1st, 2011, a jury in Shelby County Criminal Court Division Ten returned a guilty verdict against Byron Becton, age 47, of Memphis, for six counts of aggravated rape.
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On Wednesday, August 24th,2011 a Shelby County jury convicted Andre Benson, age 43 of Frayser, for the home invasion robbery and kidnapping of a woman in South Memphis.
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Friday, July 1st, 2011, a Shelby County Criminal Court Jury convicted Kelvin Winn, of Memphis, age 27, for the November 21st, 2008 robbery/homicide of a convenience store owner in South Memphis.
Kelvin Winn entered the store, Sam’s Market, located at 1026 Mississippi Boulevard, at approximately 8:30 AM and shot the store owner, Abdallah Assaedi, and robbed a customer inside the store and fled the scene. Assaedi was transported to the Regional Medical Center where he soon died from his wounds.
Memphis Police Department Homicide investigators developed Winn as the suspect, and arrested him at his home at 1796 Riverside Drive, on January 11th, 2009 and formally charged him on January 13th, 2009.
Information at trial indicated that Assaedi, who was well liked in the South Memphis Community, was never given a chance. Winn fired the fatal shot at close range before Assaedi opened the register. After shooting Assaedi, Winn walked into the checkout area and tried unsuccessfully to open the store’s register. Winn left the store after gathering a small amount of money that was dropped by the lone customer, who by then had already fled the scene.
Winn was found guilty of first degree murder and immediately sentenced to life imprisonment.
Assistant District Attorneys Reggie Henderson and Kirby May prosecuted the case in Criminal Court Division 10.
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