Suspected Walmart Shooter Meets With Court-Appointed Attorney

(Memphis, TN) — The man suspected of killing two managers of a Walmart in Southaven is getting closer to making his first court appearance. Martez Abram had been scheduled to be in court yesterday but hasn’t yet been released from the hospital after being shot by police during the July 30th violence. Instead, Abram met with a court-appointed attorney yesterday at the hospital. It’s not yet known if Abram will keep the court-appointed attorney or get his own lawyer.

Curtis Watson To Be Arraigned Today

(Undated) — Alleged killer Curtis Watson is expected to be in a Lauderdale County court today. Watson was recaptured in Henning on Sunday after escaping the West Tennessee State Penitentiary last Wednesday. He’s facing charges that include escape, sexual battery and murder for the killing of Department of Corrections administrator Debra Johnson. Watson is being held in Tipton County.

Woman Set On Fire, Child Kidnapped, Boyfriend Facing Charges

(Olive Branch, MS) — An Olive Branch woman is in a Memphis burn center after police say her boyfriend set her on fire yesterday. She’s listed in critical condition. Jeremy Manning was arrested after he kidnapped the woman’s three-year-old niece and drove to Memphis where he pulled up to a police officer and threatened to harm the girl if he wasn’t allowed to make a phone call. Police say Manning released the girl in Memphis then drove back to Olive Branch with officers in pursuit, crashed into a couple of Memphis police cars slightly injuring those officers, and put up a fight before finally being arrested.

Deadly Shooting In Mississippi Church Service

(Ripley, MS) — A man is dead after an argument during a Mississippi church service turned into a fight, then a shooting. It happened in Ripley, a small town about an hour and-a-half southeast of Memphis, Tennessee. Local news media report the son-in-law of the preacher at West Ripley Church of Christ got into an argument with a constable who is a member of the congregation. The 57-year-old son-in-law reportedly attacked the constable, who shot him in self-defense. The constable is a county law enforcement officer and just ran unopposed for re-election.

Shelby Co. Under Excessive Heat Warning

(Memphis, TN) — Shelby County is under an excessive heat warning. The warning from the National Weather Service is expected to be in effect through tomorrow evening. The NWS says some areas could see heat index readings up to 115 degrees. Memphis opened cooling centers yesterday.

Funeral Plans Announced For Murdered Corrections Administrator

(Nashville, TN) — Funeral arrangements are being announced for the Tennessee Department of Corrections official allegedly murdered by an escaped prisoner. A visitation for Debra Johnson will be held on Thursday afternoon at 15th Avenue Baptist Church in Nashville. Johnson’s funeral service will be held the following morning at The Temple Church on Kings Lane. Johnson was allegedly murdered last week by Curtis Watson who was recaptured yesterday.

convict family response

(Undated) — The family of an escaped prisoner is reacting to his recapture. Curtis Watson was caught in Henning yesterday morning, less than a week after he allegedly killed a Tennessee Department of Corrections administrator. His daughter issued a statement following his capture, saying the family wanted to express its sympathy to murdered prison official Debra Johnson’s family. Harley Pole also thanked law enforcement and asked for privacy.

Recaptured Escaped Prisoner Could Face Death Penalty

(Henning, TN) — Prosecutors say they’ll consider seeking the death penalty against an escaped prisoner accused of murdering a prison administrator. Curtis Watson was recaptured yesterday morning in Henning, after being on the run from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary since Wednesday. Watson is accused of killing Tennessee Department of Corrections official Debra Johnson. He’s also charged with sexual battery and escape.

Escaped Prisoner Wanted For Murder Captured Near Henning, TN

Authorities say an escaped convict suspected of killing a corrections administrator at a facility outside Memphis – surrendered without incident after receiving a tip of his whereabouts. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch says Curtis Ray Watson was arrested as he came out of a soybean field Sunday in west Tennessee _ miles from the prison he escaped from last week.

Man Charged With Killing Lorenzen Wright Sentence For Gun Charge

(Memphis, TN) — The man charged with murdering former Memphis basketball star Lorenzen Wright is being sentenced for a separate gun charge. In June, Billy Ray Turner pleaded guilty to a charge of being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon. A judge sentenced Turner to a 16 year prison sentence yesterday. It’s Turner’s ninth felony conviction.