Crime of the Week #25

August 6, 2021

HOMICIDE

A Cold Case
It was just after midnight Thursday, July 26, 2012 when Memphis Police were called to a shooting at 65 East Yates Road. Inside the residence, officers found the bodies of Anthony Conte, 26, and Robert Schmidt, 30. Both men had died of gunshot wounds.

Based on evidence at the scene, the MPD Homicide Bureau’s investigators believe the men were killed during a robbery. After hearing gunshots, witnesses described hearing a vehicle speeding away from the scene.

MPD Cold Case detectives are asking that witnesses call the Cold Case Hotline, 636-2653 and leave a message. An investigator will return the call as soon as possible. Even the smallest bit of information could be crucial to solving this double murder.

Anyone who has heard of any information about this crime and wishes to remain anonymous is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274), or by secure text or email, found at crimestopmem.org. CrimeStoppers has an award of $12,000 available in this case.

Crime of the Week #19

June 4, 2021

HOMICIDE

A Cold Case
It was 10:39 at night on Friday, June 7, 2019 when officers from the Memphis Police Department’s Tillman Station responded to a call about a shooting in the 100 block of East Parkway North.

A shooting victim, Glen Cofield, and his wife had parked their silver Lexus SUV on a church parking lot near Poplar Avenue earlier that evening. They walked to a party at a nearby house. When the couple walked back to their vehicle later she entered on the driver’s side and her husband walked to the passenger side of the car.

At this point he was confronted by an unknown male wearing a dark-colored hoodie. The victim’s wife heard an argument and then a shot. Cofield fell to the ground. Two dark-colored vehicles immediately exited the parking lot and headed east on Poplar.

One vehicle may have been red. Cofield’s wife got out of the car and went to her husband who had suffered a gunshot wound to his chest. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

This is an ongoing investigation. Detectives need someone with knowledge about this homicide to step forward. Anyone with information can contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274) and become eligible for an award.

Crime of the Week #17

May 21, 2021

HOMICIDE

A Cold Case
U.S. Army Sgt. Calvin Wilhite Jr. was walking on South Fourth Street the night of Sunday, May 24, 2015 after a visit to the Historic Beale Street District with his fiance. They had just passed the FedEx Forum when he became involved in an argument with two males in a vehicle that pulled up beside them.

To avoid a continued confrontation, the couple crossed the street, but the vehicle’s driver urged Wilhite back into the street. When he stepped toward the car a passenger in the vehicle opened fire. The vehicle fled the scene, headed southbound on S. Fourth. and across Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Wilhite was taken to Regional One hospital where he later died of his injuries. The Shelby County Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide. The driver was described as a black male, about 22 to 25 years old, of light complexion with hazel eyes and a high fade haircut with curls on top. The passenger who fired was described as a black male, with the same age range, medium to dark complexion, a chubby face and a fade hair style. The vehicle was described as a greenish gray color 4-door Chrysler Sebring.

Special award money has been raised in this case so that a total of $20,000 award is possible to anyone with information that helps lead to an arrest. Anyone with information should contact CrimeStoppers by call or text to 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #15

May 14, 2021

HOMICIDE

A Cold Case
The body of Nancy R. Little was found in her car on Slate Road at the intersection with Hornsby Drive in Whitehaven at 6:10 p.m. Monday, October 9, 1989. That was 32 years ago. She was 32 years old.

Her car was a white four-door 1988 Honda Accord. Her death was due to asphyxiation. The medical examiner said she was forced into a position in which she couldn’t breathe.

Little was nine months pregnant and her unborn child also was killed.

Anyone with information on this double homicide is asked to contact CrimeStoppers by call or text at 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #11

April 9, 2021

HOMICIDE

A Cold Case
Vallen R. Conner was sitting in her parked vehicle and talking to a friend outside the friend’s house in the 2700 block of Fizer Road, just east of Lamar Avenue, on a warm Tuesday evening. It was 11 p.m., May 22, 2018.

The friend had noticed a light brown or tan SUV, possibly a Chevrolet Trailblazer, parked several houses away. The vehicle then left the curb and drove past Conner’s car. One or two people in the vehicle started firing shots. Vallen Conner was shot in the shoulder. Her friend was hit in the foot. Conner died from her gunshot injury at 11:15 p.m. The friend was transported to Regional One hospital where he was treated and released.

Investigators need help solving this homicide. Anyone with information — even the smallest detail — is asked to call or text CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #6

February 12, 2021

HOMICIDE

A Cold Case
The call to Memphis Police at 2:30 p.m. September 24, 2011 said that a man was shot inside a house in the 5500 block of Forsyth Drive in southeast Memphis. Police arrived at the residence and found Dennis Gilliam lying in bed. He had been shot.

Gilliam was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators are seeking information that could lead to identifying and arresting those responsible. Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers by calling or texting 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #4

January 29, 2021

HOMICIDE

A Cold Case
Reports of a shooting sent Memphis Police officers to the 6800 block of Kirby Mills Cove at 8:10 p.m. Friday, January 20, 2020. At the scene they found two children suffering from gunshot wounds.

The two were LeQuan Boyd, 16, and Ashlynn Luckett, just six years old. They were transported to local hospitals. Both died the next day.

The investigation at the scene revealed that suspects occupied a dark-colored SUV from which they fired numerous shots into the residence. Anyone with information is asked to call or text CrimeStoppers, 528-CASH (2274). An award up to $1,000 is available. An additional award up to $25,000 is available from the FBI.

LeQuan Boyd

Ashlynn Luckett

 

Crime of the Week #39

December 11, 2020

HOMICIDE

A Cold Case
Reports of shots fired in the 1800 block of Norfolk Street, west of Mississippi Blvd. in south Memphis, brought Airways Station Memphis Police officers to the scene at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2017.

On arrival officers found Dorothy Jackson inside a house and suffering gunshot wounds to her back. Memphis Fire Dept. paramedics transported her to Regional One Hospital. There she soon was pronounced dead.

Bullets shot from outside Jackson’s home had penetrated windows and walls and struck the victim. Investigators need the public’s help in this homicide. Anyone with information — even the smallest detail — should contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274)

Crime of the Week #37

November 27, 2020

HOMICIDE

A Cold Case
A report of a shooting brought Mt. Moriah station MPD officers to the 4100 block of Cochese Road, south of American Way, at noontime Thursday, November 23, 2017. It was Thanksgiving Day that year.

Inside a home, officers found Robert Wong, 68, suffering from gunshot wounds. A Memphis Fire Department paramedics team arrived and pronounced Wong dead. At the scene officers learned that a home invasion had occurred and the family vehicle was taken. The vehicle was found abandoned the next day.

There is no suspect description. Investigators need the public’s help to solve this murder. Anyone with information, even the smallest detail, should contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #36

November 20, 2020

HOMICIDE

A Cold Case
The Memphis Police Department received reports of a shooting at Airways Boulevard and Ketchum Road in Frayser at 4:30 pm on Monday, November 13, 2017. Within minutes multiple victims were driven to the MPD Airways station. Officers called the Memphis Fire Department for assistance. In the car officers found 10-year-old Richard Jordan who was suffering from gunshot wounds. He, a 12-year-old and an adult were transported to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. There Richard Jordan later died. The other two survived.

The initial investigation showed that family members and friends were heading northbound in the vehicle and stopped at a traffic light on Airways at Ketchum. Three cars pulled alongside their vehicle and at least three people began firing weapons. The suspects’ vehicles — described as a gold Chevrolet Malibu with missing hubcaps, a black Chrysler 300 and a gray sedan — fled east on Ketchum.

Police need help solving this homicide. Anyone with further information should contact CrimeStoppers, (901) 528-CASH (2274).