Division 8
MEMPHIS, TN - On July 19, 2013, Terrance Ladell Johnson (age 20) was convicted of second degree murder in the May 2011 shooting death of Lewis Oliver, Jr.
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MEMPHIS, TN – On Thursday, July 11, 2013, a Shelby County jury convicted Michael O. Baker (age 23) of first-degree murder, criminal attempt to commit especially aggravated robbery and criminal attempt to commit aggravated robbery.
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MEMPHIS, TN – July 12, 2014 - A criminal court jury found former Memphis police officer Aaron Reinsberg guilty of two counts of rape, one count of assault and 2 counts of official misconduct, said District Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
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MEMPHIS, TN – On Thursday, July 26th, 2012, a Shelby County jury convicted Willie Gatewood, age 55, of criminal attempt to commit first degree murder and aggravated burglary.
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Thursday, 28 June 2012 16:55

Grandfather Found Guilty of Child Rape

MEMPHIS, TN – June 28, 2012 - District Attorney General Amy Weirich announced that a jury found Robert Brown, Sr. age 63, guilty of rape of a child and of criminal exposure to HIV. The jury reached their verdict after approximately twenty (20) minutes of deliberation.
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March 8, 2012 – Dexter Cox was found guilty of first degree murder for the October 9th, 2007 death of Gwendolyn Cherry. This is the second of three murder cases against him.
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January 16th, 2012 - A Shelby County jury has convicted Frank Graham for the February 2010 fatal shooting of Taffi Crawford.
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December 2, 2011 - Gary Lilley, age 42, pleaded guilty to first degree murder in the January 2nd, 2011 beating death of Leigh E. DaPonte, age 48. He agreed to a sentence of life imprisonment.
Lilley entered the guilty plea in Division 8 of Criminal Court on December 2nd, 2011. Lilley was indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury on July 26th, and the case against him had been set for trial later this month.
Patrol Officers from the Memphis Police Department’s Tillman Station were flagged down by DaPonte’s relatives on the evening of January 2nd, 2011. The relatives had become concerned when they could not contact DaPonte. The police officers called for Memphis Fire Department to force entry into the home at 284 North Yates Road. Leigh DaPonte’s lifeless body was discovered in a pool of blood in the kitchen of the residence.
The Shelby County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that DaPonte’s death was due to blunt force trauma to the head. DaPonte’s death was ruled a criminal homicide.
Memphis Police Department Homicide Bureau investigators conducted the investigation into the crime and developed Gary Lilley as a suspect. Lilley was arrested at his home at 2085 Locke Cuba Road in Millington, on January 5th.
The homicide investigation revealed that Lilley, known as a neighborhood handy man, had come to DaPonte’s home that day to hang a plaque he had given to her as a Christmas gift. While there, he beat her to death with a hammer. Investigators charged him with first degree murder.
Lilley agreed to sentence of life imprisonment and will be eligible for parole after serving 51 years. Special Prosecution Unit Chief Prosecutor, Alanda Dwyer handled the case.
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Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00

Carl Bond Convicted of 2009 Aggravated Robbery

September 2, 2011 - A Shelby County jury in Criminal Court Division Eight found Carl Bond, age 32 of Memphis, guilty of aggravated robbery of a woman in South Memphis in September 2009.
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July 22, 2011 – Tarence Nelson, of Murfreesboro, was sentenced today just under a month after he was convicted of two counts of first degree murder for the September 25th, 2009 fatal shooting of Tonya M. Johnson, and her unborn child.
Nelson, age 28, was sentenced today in Criminal Court Division 8. Nelson is to serve two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders.
Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies developed Nelson as the suspect in the crime, and Nelson was arrested by Rutherford County Sheriff's Office on September 28th, 2011.
Information at trial indicated that Nelson and Johnson had been involved in domestic altercations in the past over her eight month old fetus.
Assistant District Attorneys Karen Cook and Carla Taylor prosecuted the case.
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