$5,000 extra award has been posted for information leading to the arrest of murder suspect Demarion Tackett

MEMPHIS, TN — CrimeStoppers announced today that a $5,000 extra award has been posted for information leading to the arrest of murder suspect Demarion Tackett, 16, who failed to appear for a court hearing and now is considered a fugitive.

Tackett is accused of shooting John Materna, known as the “Watermelon Man,” during a robbery in May of 2023. Materna later died of his injuries. At the time of the shooting Tackett was fifteen years old.

Tackett was released on a $100,000 bond three months ago, but when he missed the court hearing the bond was revoked and a new warrant was issued for his arrest.

An anonymous CrimeStoppers donor has provided the $5,000 which will be available to anyone who can provide Tackett’s location so that he can be re-arrested.

“We need someone who has information on Tackett’s location to call 528-CASH or 528-2274,” said David Wayne Brown, executive director of CrimeStoppers of Memphis and Shelby County.

“Justice needs to be served and right now that means we need this person on the run to be found. Every call to CrimeStoppers is anonymous. The person who provides the information we need will be paid $5,000 in cash.”

Left: Demarion Tackett, Right: John Materna “Watermelon Man”