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Case of security guard charged with killing man at Kroger gas station headed for grand jury

Published: Sep. 28, 2021 at 4:52 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2021 at 10:23 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The case of an unlicensed security guard accused of shooting and killing Alvin Motley at a Kroger gas station will go to a grand jury.

Judge Louis Montesi ruled Tuesday there is enough evidence in the case to proceed.

Video of Motley’s shooting by Gregory Livingston was shown in the courtroom for the first time.

Investigators say an argument over loud music led to the shooting.

During Tuesday’s hearing, a witness to the shooting said the situation escalated more than once and a woman who was in the car with Motley yelled repeatedly for Livingston to leave them alone.

The witness also testified that at one point a gas station clerk came outside to de-escalate the situation. But as Motley was leaving, she said things heated up again.

Motley then got out of his car and approached Livingston, according to the witness.

When asked how he was behaving at this time, she said he was stumbling out of the vehicle.

Earlier this month the judge over the case denied the release of audio and video footage of Motley’s killing saying that it would protect Livingston’s right to receive a fair and impartial preliminary hearing. Motley’s family and their attorney civil rights lawyer Ben Crump said they were all disheartened by the court’s ruling.

After reviewing cellphone video and security video of the shooting, the judge ruled the case would go to a grand jury.

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