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A family found themselves to be victims of what appears to be a random act of violence. It all started Sunday while they were in their car waiting at a red light on the exit ramp off I-40 and Demonbreun.
According to court records, Tamra Nelson may have been looking for trouble. She was reportedly shouting racial slurs at the family while standing on the corner of the intersection. Nelson then picked up a rock and threw it at the car. It made a dent in the back passenger side where the family's four year old daughter was sitting inside.
Nelson ran from the scene then turned back around to pick up something she dropped. By this time, the couple had gotten out of the car to inspect the damage. Nelson confronted the couple again and pulled out a pair of scissors and started threatening the man and his wife.
Police were able to arrest Nelson before anyone got hurt. Nelson is charged with aggravated assault and vandalism and being held on a $60,000 bond.
Monday, March 4 2013, 08:59 AM CST
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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