Judge signs warrants for arrest of witnesses in case against man charged in deadly shooting spree
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Three witnesses were expected to take the stand Tuesday to provide testimony regarding the man charged in a deadly shooting spree but they never showed.
Ezekiel Kelly, 19, appeared in Shelby County court with the expectation of hearing from witnesses and the addition of charges Tuesday. Instead, the hearing was reset.
Judge Karen Massey says she signed warrants for the arrests of the three witnesses and the next preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 18.
Kelly remains in Shelby County jail without bond.
As of now, Kelly faces one first-degree murder charge but that could change during Tuesday’s court appearance.
That charge stems from the shooting death of Dewayne Tunstall on Lyndale Avenue around midnight on Sept. 7.
Memphis Police Department says Kelly shot Tunstall in the head killing him, during a conversation.
Police spent hours searching for Kelly across Shelby County, even going as far as Southaven causing several lockdowns across Shelby County.
A total of three people died and three others were injured in this shooting spree Kelly is accused of committing.
Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy says more charges against Kelly are likely.
At Kelly’s last court appearance, his public defender requested his juvenile records at his last court appearance. 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 3-year sentence and was just released from jail in March 2022.
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