Man charged in double murder in North Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man is behind bars after a double murder in North Memphis.

The shooting happened Sept. 13 when MPD responded to the 2200 block of Eldridge Avenue.

Police found two people suffering from gunshot wounds inside a red Pontiac Grand Prix.

Paramedics pronounced both victims dead at the scene at 5 p.m.

Police found 32 shell casings and a black cell phone near the scene of the shooting, according to an affidavit.

Video surveillance showed a dark Nissan Maxima traveling behind the Pontiac then parking in the middle of the street near it.

Smoke appeared to come from the passenger side of the Pontiac, records show.

The owner of the cell phone was identified as Jacquez Howell, 29.

On Sept. 15, MPD found a Nissan Maxima matching the description near Calvert and Oriole, records show.

Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the car did not stop.

Police chased the car onto Mendenhall, where the driver bailed out and ran away.

Officers arrested the driver on Macon Road, records show.

According to the affidavit, a handgun was found in the center console. The car had been reported stolen in July.

The driver, identified as Howell, said he stole the car on Sept. 11, records show.

He said he knew one of the victims that was shot on Eldridge but not the other victim.

He said he was at home with girlfriend the day of the shooting and had not been on Eldridge.

Howell also said he had not had a cell phone for two months, but police verified the cell phone had been lost the day of the shooting, according to the affidavit.

Howell is facing two counts of first-degree murder, theft of property (motor vehicle), evading arrest (vehicle) and evading arrest (foot pursuit).