- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014
Police lieutenant: Man said he shot 3 out of fear

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A triple-murder suspect said he was arguing with his girlfriend about her infidelity, then began shooting after the woman’s father physically attacked him during the argument, a Memphis police lieutenant testified Thursday.

Lt. Darren Goods testified in the trial of Sedrick Clayton, 31. Clayton is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of his girlfriend, Pashea Fisher, 23, and her parents on Jan. 19, 2012. Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Clayton if he is convicted as charged.

Authorities say Clayton shot Fisher’s parents in the bedroom of her parents’ house before shooting her in the head near the front door. Police say Clayton then left with his 4-year-old daughter, who was in the house during the shootings, before turning himself in.

Goods questioned Clayton after his arrest. Goods said Clayton was allowed to change his typed statement several times.

Goods testified Clayton told him that the argument began in the early morning, after the couple had sex and Clayton asked her if she had been with another man. Fisher mentioned to Clayton “someone by the name of Jason,” according to Goods’ testimony about Clayton’s statements.

Clayton said he prepared to leave, but Fisher asked him to stay. According to Clayton, he and Fisher then began to tussle near the bathroom, Goods said.

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Memphis mom charged with killing baby out of jail

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Officials say a Memphis mother charged with killing her 7-week-old daughter had been released from jail on bond.

The Commercial Appeal (https://bit.ly/1nzt3Wyhttps://bit.ly/1nzt3Wy ) reported Thursday that Andrea Walker was released on $600,000 bond.

Walker has been in custody since her child, Aniston Walker, was reported missing Jan. 9 by the baby’s father. Police said Walker told investigators she left the baby with her 3-year-old brother in their home, and when she returned, Aniston was gone.

The girl’s body was found by a motorcyclist in a ditch near a road in Millington on Feb. 16.

An indictment says Walker has been charged with first-degree murder in the perpetration of aggravated child abuse, neglect or endangerment. She also has been charged with aggravated child abuse and abuse of a corpse.

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Supreme Court throws out conviction in ‘87 killing

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday threw out the conviction of an Indiana man sentenced to death 25 years after a slaying that had no suspects until DNA on a cigarette butt was re-examined years after the crime.

The court ruled that the evidence against Carl Dausch wasn’t sufficient to convict him of the July 1987 murder of Adrian Mobley. Dausch was placed on death row in 2012.

While he now longer faces execution in Florida, Dausch will still remain in custody until he can transferred back to Indiana, where he was serving a 60-year rape sentence before being convicted in 2011 for Mobley’s murder. Dausch, 55, was sentenced for the Indiana crime in October 1990 and his earliest possible release date is October 2017.

But him not be immediately released doesn’t make things better for Assistant State Attorney Pete Magrino, who won the murder conviction.

“The victim’s family are obviously disappointed. I’m disappointed,” Magrino said. “Obviously a jury of his peers decided he was guilty of the crime and given all the facts and circumstances of the case … he should suffer the ultimate penalty for what he did.”

Mobley’s body was found hogtied along a Sumter County road in July 1987. The 27-year-old was beaten to death and his car and wallet were missing. Several hours later, the car was found abandoned just off Interstate 65 north of Nashville, Tennessee. Mobley’s wallet was found near the Florida-Georgia state line.

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Fired Monroe County road workers get $500,000

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Road workers in Monroe County who say they were fired as political payback for supporting their boss’s opponent have received a $500,000 settlement.

The 17 workers sued the county and Road Superintendent Steve Teague in 2010, claiming the terminations violated their constitutional rights of free speech and political affiliation. They said they were terminated for supporting Teague’s opponent and to make room for Teague to hire his political supporters.

David Garrison, of the Nashville law firm Barrett Johnston, represented the workers. He said the county agreed to settle on Thursday after three days of trial in federal court in Knoxville. Garrison said the settlement gives his clients justice and sends a powerful message to public officials in Tennessee.

An attorney for the county did not immediately return a call.

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