Verdict reached in 2020 Cordova trial of man accused in neighbor’s deadly shooting

Published: Aug. 20, 2021 at 4:41 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Chauncy Black, a teen whose GoFundMe campaign, called “Chauncy’s Chance,” went viral in 2016 is on trial for murder.

A verdict in the case was reached Friday.

Chauncy Black and his brother, Timothy Black, were both charged in the January 2020 death of 26-year-old Kaleb Wakefield. Investigators say Wakefield died half an hour after being shot at his home across the street from Black’s home on LaGrange Circle in Cordova.

After nearly two hours of jury deliberation, Chauncy Black was found guilty of reckless endangerment and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon. He was found not guilty of employing a firearm during a felony.

Black told police they were shooting at a vehicle as it pulled away from their house after someone in that vehicle fired shots at them first.

On the stand Friday, Chauncy Black said he fired his weapon out of protection.

“When I went out the door, what was going through my mind was protecting my family and my home,” said Chauncy Black.

The Cordova home where Chauncy Black and his brother lived in was deemed a public nuisance last year after the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office reported 265 calls to the home in two years alone.

Chauncey was the only defendant in the case. According to a March 2021 release his co-defendant and younger brother, Timothy Black, died of cancer in late 2020.

Wakefield’s fiancé, Isabella Edwards, spoke with Action News 5 after the verdict on Friday, states “...he is responsible and he should’ve been found guilty on all counts, however with the verdict reached it doesn’t bring Kaleb back.”

Chauncey will be sentenced on September 17.

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