15-year-old will remain behind bars after being charged with murder of Memphis pastor – FOX13 News Memphis


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Miguel Andrade, 15, faces a charge of first degree murder. He is accused of killing the Reverend Autura Eason-Williams during a carjacking.

Police said she was shot outside her home in Whitehaven on Monday afternoon.

“It was a detention hearing today. The judge has ruled that he will be held until further notice,” said Coleman Garrett, criminal defense attorney.

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Andrade’s family hired James Jones to represent him. However, Jones was representing another client on Wednesday. So Coleman Garrett took his place.

Memphis police said the arrest came after another woman was the victim of a carjacking in Cordoba on Monday night. Shelby County sheriff’s deputies said they spotted his stolen Malibu hours later, early Tuesday morning.

We are told that the deputies chased the teenagers until they crashed. Three teenagers were taken into custody. A 17-year-old was released without charge. Police have charged a 16-year-old with robbery and Andrade, 15, with first-degree murder, among other charges.

Eason-Williams’ death is the result of a spiraling trend: auto theft. So far this year, the MPD says more than 3,000 cars have been stolen in the city.

“This issue is so prevalent that we need our community members to be more proactive and preventative,” Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis said.

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But what are the police doing about it?

“These stolen vehicles are used in other serious crimes. We have made many arrests since we established our auto theft task force. We also put together our fugitive unit and our scorpion unit,” Davis said.

Police also warned against ‘shock and rob tactics’. That’s when someone hits your car, and when you pull over to deal with the accident, they steal your car.

Davis suggests finding a safe, well-lit place to stop.

“The old adage that you have to stay where you are until we come, that’s not necessarily the case. Especially at two and three in the morning,” Davis said.

Eason-Williams’ death is a reminder to keep your head on a pivot, even just yards from the comfort of your own home.

“When traveling to and from, be sure to take care around you. Be sure to report suspicious behavior,” Davis said.

Andrade is due in court on August 1. The judge can decide if he will be charged as an adult at this hearing.

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