Ezekiel Kelly indicted on 26 additional charges in Sept. 7 shooting spree
Since his arrest, Kelly, 19, has faced just one count of first-degree murder based on a warrant that was issued for his arrest for a shooting that happened on Lyndale Avenue, killing 24-year-old Dewayne Tunstall. Tunstall was a father of 2 who had just served food to Kelly, an acquaintance.
Allison Parker, 38, was killed later in the day on Poplar Avenue in Midtown Memphis. She was a medical assistant in West Memphis.
Richard Clark, 62, also lost his life in the shooting spree. He was a campus safety officer at Christian Brothers University.
Wednesday, Kelly was indicted on 26 more charges. These include:
- 2 counts of first-degree murder (3 total)
- 5 counts of reckless endangerment
- 4 counts of criminal attempted first-degree murder
- commission of an act of terrorism
- unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon
- attempted carjacking
- especially aggravated robbery
- 2 counts of theft of property
- possession of a prohibited weapon
- 5 counts employing a firearm with intent to commit a felony
- aggravated assault
- intentionally evading arrest with an automobile with risk of death
“We don’t currently anticipate any further charges coming, but I can’t rule anything out,” said Shelby County D.A. Steve Mulroy in a Wednesday afternoon interview.
Witnesses were expected to take the stand earlier this week as Kelly was expected in court, but they never showed up, and instead were given warrants for their arrests.
At a previous court appearance, his public defender requested his juvenile records. He has a lengthy juvenile record, receiving his first charge at the age of 15.
He received his first adult charge in 2020 for aggravated assault in a case that originally carried a first-degree murder charge.
He served 11 months of that three-year sentence and was just released from jail in March 2022.
With these current charges, most notably the three first-degree murder charges, the max sentence Kelly could receive is the death penalty, though Mulroy wouldn’t yet disclose what sentence his office intends to seek.
“It’s premature to discuss it at this time,” Mulroy said. “You know, we’ve got a pending case and an ongoing investigation, so we’re not ready to say that right now.”
Kelly remains in Shelby County jail without bond.
His next court appearance, which will be a preliminary hearing, is scheduled for Oct. 18 at 9 a.m.
Mulroy said it will be a wait-and-see situation on how soon we could see a conviction for any of these charges, but he believes it will be in the range of several months.
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