- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014
Man sentenced to death for 2012 killings of 3

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A jury on Sunday sentenced a Memphis man to death for killing his girlfriend and her parents in a shooting rampage in a home more than two years ago.

Jurors deliberated for two hours before handing down the death sentence for Sedrick Clayton, 31. They also could have sentenced Clayton to life in prison, with or without the possibility of parole.

The same 12-person jury convicted Clayton of first degree murder Saturday for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, 23-year-old Pashea Fisher, and her parents in the Fishers’ home on January 19, 2012.

Clayton got into an argument with his girlfriend before shooting her parents, Arithio and Patricia Fisher, in their bedroom. Clayton then shot his girlfriend at close range near the front door.

Clayton fired 12 shots, hitting the victims nine times. Jurors heard a chaotic emergency call in which Pashea Fisher begged Clayton not to kill her parents.

Clayton’s and Pashea Fisher’s 4-year-old daughter Joydin was in the house at the time, and he took her with him before turning himself in. The girl, now 6, was a key trial witness, saying that her father shot her mother and grandparents.


Man sentenced to death for 2012 killings of 3

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A jury has sentenced a Memphis man to death for killing his girlfriend and her parents more than two years ago.

Jurors deliberated for about two hours Sunday afternoon after the conclusion of a sentencing hearing for 31-year-old Sedrick Clayton.

Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Carolyn Wade Blackett read the death penalty verdict aloud.

The 12 person jury convicted Clayton on Saturday of first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of 23-year-old Pashea Fisher and her parents in the Fishers’ home on Jan. 19, 2012.

The jury also had the option of giving Clayton a life sentence.


Man recently added to ‘most wanted’ list captured

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Chattanooga man recently added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s “Top 10 Most Wanted” list has been captured in Mississippi.

The TBI said in a news release that U.S. Marshals with the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested 31-year-old Cashman J. Perkins in Columbus, Mississippi, around 1 a.m. on Sunday.

Perkins is wanted for criminal homicide, aggravated domestic assault, and unlawful possession of a weapon.

He is also wanted for failure to appear on an unlawful possession of a weapon charge, and violation of probation for possession of marijuana.

Perkins is being held without bond in Mississippi and is expected to be extradited to Tennessee.


2 Fort Campbell soldiers die in Afghanistan

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - Two Fort Campbell-based soldiers have been killed in a combat operation in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense announced Saturday that 24-year-old Staff Sgt. Scott R. Studenmund of Pasadena, California, and 28-year-old Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald of Butler, Georgia, were among five soldiers killed June 9 in Gaza Village, Afghanistan.

Studenmund and McDonald were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell, located on the Kentucky-Tennessee state lines.

The department says the incident remains under investigation.

Earlier this month, the department reported the death of another Fort Campbell soldier.

Twenty-year-old Pfc. Matthew H. Walker, of Hillsboro, Missouri, died June 5 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds he received when his unit was attacked by enemy fire.

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