Memphis gunman cautioned by judge that he could face the death penalty : Quadruple-murder suspect Ezekiel Kelly, 19, refuses to enter plea and is held on bond
Memphis teen, Ezekiel Kelly, has been linked to eight different incident as police warned terrified residents to stay inside as he terrorized the city on Wednesday, randomly shooting residents
During his 22-hour rampage, Kelly shot and killed four people and injured three more after being released early from his aggravated assault sentence
Making his court appearance, the judge informed Kelly that he could face the death penalty
The 19-year-old quadruple-homicide suspect refused to enter plea and is held on bond for murdering four people in 22-hour rampage
He began by killing his friend, Dewayne Tunstall, 24, shooting him several times in the head before shooting six other people across Memphis
Next he fatally shot a yet to be identified male who was sitting in a car when Kelly drove up to him
Corteria Wright, 17, was shot by Kelly at 8.55pm and is thought to have been his final victim
Medical assistant Allison Parker was shot dead in a carjacking incident as Kelly attempted to flee authorities hunting him
The gunman stormed into an Autozone store and livestreamed himself shooting Rodolfo Berger twice – Though critically injured, Berger survived, but remains in stable condition in hospital requiring more surgery
Lakesha McGlathen, 44, and her father had stopped the car on the roadside to deal with a flat tire when she was shot in the leg by Kelly – She was treated and discharged
Kelly was previously arrested in June 2020 on charges of attempted first-degree murder, reckless endangerment, using a gun during a felony and aggravated assault – He was 17 at the time
Court records show Kelly was released from prison this year after serving 11 months of a three-year sentence for aggravated assault
A gunman accused of shooting four people dead in Memphis, TN, made his first court appearance in court on Friday as a judge warned him he could face the death penalty.
Ezekiel Kelly, 19, launched his murderous rampage just before 1am on Wednesday and terrorized the city for more than 19 hours, killing four people and injuring three others.
The quadruple-homicide suspect who appeared in court dressed in blue regulation uniform, was charged with one count of first-degree murder.
The judge informed him that he could be facing the death penalty for the charges, but the hearing was adjourned for him to be assigned a public defender.
Kelly only spoke to confirm that he would not be able to afford an attorney and will require a public defender.
Kelly callously shot and killed four victims, total strangers, seemingly picked upon by happenstance, while he was streaming the slayings on Facebook.
Nurse Allison Parker, 38, was shot dead as Kelly carjacked her Toyota SUV in an attempt to flee police, with her daughter Ariana, witnessing her mother’s death. Ariana Parker, 20, has blasted the violence on the rise in Memphis and has now claimed the life of her mother.
She posted on Instagram saying: ‘Watched my own momma die in front of me. F*** this city.’
A GoFundMe for the mother-of-three’s children has been set up, which states that the trio are now orphans after the shooting Parker and the loss of their father two years ago.
Kelly is believed to have started his rampage at around 12:56am, shooting and his pal killing Dewayne Tunstall, 24, in a driveway on Glendale Avenue.
Tunstall had been visiting friends with Kelly, before the shooter pulled him to the side and drew a black handgun, shooting him several times in the head.
Kelly who is now in police custody is accused of shooting dead four people and injuring another three during a 19-hour long rampage across Memphis Tennessee.
The gunman was arrested when he crashed during a high speed chase after the carjacking in Southaven, Mississippi, where he crossed state lines in an attempt to evade police.
According to authorities, Kelly began his bloody rampage at around 12:56am, when he shot dead his friend, 24-year-old Dewayne Tunstall.
Kelly has a violent criminal record, with police who linked him to eight different incidents warning terrified members of the public to stay away from him.
Last year Kelly was jailed after pleading guilty to aggravated assault, despite earlier being charged with attempted murder, and was released early from his three-year sentence.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland slammed the courts for the decision, saying that had he served his full sentence then ‘four of our fellow citizens would still be alive.’
Several hours after the initial shooting, he then started turning the gun on people at random – forcing locals to shelter in their homes.
At around 4.38pm he then shot a man dead as he sat in his car on South Parkway East multiple times, and two minutes later fired his gun at Lakesha McGlathen, 44, near Norris Road and Interstate 240.
She was rushed to hospital with a bullet wound to the leg, and was transported to a hospital but has since been released home.
Next Kelly opened fire at an AutoZone store on Jackson Avenue just before 6pm, where he started to live stream the horror on Facebook. He shot Rodolfo Berger twice, who remains in a critical condition in hospital after initial surgery. He will be requiring more surgery
His daughter Jenny posted online: ‘I love this man so much… my life partner and best friend. If you know me, you know he’s my world.
‘No one deserves to go through this. He’s out of surgery now and under extreme care. I was able to breathe and calm down.
‘He’s needing another surgery in a few days and I can feel in my heart he is so STRONG and ready for a journey of healing ahead. I will be with him soon.’
Terrified residents alerted police to the shootings after Kelly started a live stream on his Facebook page. He can be seen entering AutoZone and aiming at a customer, now identified as Berger, who remains in hospital in a serious condition
Kelly can be seen in the footage getting out of his car, walking into the store and pulling a gun to shoot Berger.
The teenager then rants to the camera about ‘no faking’ saying ‘this s*** for real’ on the livestream, with citizens reporting the footage to police.
Officers then issued an alert about Kelly and his vehicle, but shortly after he carjacked and shot Allison Parker at Poplar Avenue and Evergreen Street in an attempt to switch vehicles.
She was shot dead at 7.23pm with Kelly driving off in her car, a gray Toyota SUV, before officers found another man suffering from gunshot wounds a minute later. He was taken to hospital in a stable condition.
Corteria Wright, 17, was shot in the back by Kelly at around 8.55pm and is thought to be his final victim before he was apprehended by officers.
Her heartbroken dad, Corterian Wright, posted an emotional video begging for people to ‘stop the senseless s***’ adding: ‘My baby just turned 17. Please stop the violence, I’m begging y’all.’
After shooting Wright, Kelly crossed the state line and is accused of committing a second carjacking. Police say that he held the driver of the Dodge Challenger up at gunpoint at a gas station in Southhaven, Mississippi.
The driver of the car was uninjured, and officers embarked upon a high speed chase on Interstate 55 that ended with Kelly crashing the car.
Officers recovered two weapons from the car, and footage shows Kelly grinning ear to ear after being put in the back of a police vehicle.
Police ordered residents to stay inside, with public bus services suspended and two universities were place on high alert as Kelly’s violent rampage continued.
Records show that Kelly was previously arrested in June 2020 on charges of attempted first-degree murder, reckless endangerment, using a gun during a felony and aggravated assault. He was 17 at the time.
However, in 2021 he pled guilty to the lesser charge of aggravated assault for offences which were committed when he was a minor.
In the aftermath of his latest multiple-homicide Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland slammed the courts for that decision. Strickland noted that if Kelly had he served his full sentence then ‘four of our fellow citizens would still be alive’
He was sentenced to three years in prison, but was released in March after serving just 11 months of his sentence.
Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy has justified the early release stating that: ‘Mr. Kelly served approximately 70% of the sentence he received as part of his plea deal, which included nearly 15 months of jail time prior to his conviction, 11 months in prison, and credits for the time served while incarcerated.
‘In accordance with the laws of the State of Tennessee at the time of his sentencing, this made him eligible for release.’
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland slammed the courts for the decision to release Kelly, saying: ‘If Mr. Kelly served his full three-year sentence, he would still be in prison today and four of our fellow citizens would still be alive.’
He also urged the public to hold him and other officials to account over violent crime in the city, while saying the police were arresting ‘the same people over and over’.
During his rampage Kelly ranted that he would not return to jail on social media, but it is not clear what sparked the shooting spree.
Police have not yet revealed what the possible motive for the shooting spree was.
During the video he can be heard saying repeatedly ‘we do this s*** for real’ and ‘he was dying today’. The teenager can also be heard saying: ‘Check this s*** out. I pull up and do this s***.
‘What do those n***** say? No faking? No faking. You heard me, this s*** for real.
‘On my mamma, how do you think I’m playing? This s*** so real, man. I’m killing s*** for real.’
He even threatened at one point to ‘shoot it out’ with police.
Kelly’s Facebook profile appeared to have been deactivated by the social media giant after the livestream. The social media company said it removed Kelly’s live video soon after it was posted told and was working to remove any copies of the video to stop the footage from spreading on Facebook.
The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism – an organization that works to prevent extremists from exploiting the internet and digital platforms – also activated its Content Incident Protocol in response to the shooting.
In another video taken from that broadcast Kelly’s short dreadlocks can be seen as he’s driving down the road and says, ‘It’s getting real wild here’ and then the sound of automatic gunfire can be heard.
Kelly, whose Facebook page shows him flashing guns and money in most photos, posted an eerie message in mid-August, saying ‘I’m sorry momma I know you hate how I live…I know you pray every night I swear wont GO without a fight.’
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Memphis, have not shed light on how the suspect got the gun or guns used in the shootings.
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