Man indicted in carjacking, murder as police search for more suspects

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police continue to look for more suspects after a South Memphis man was indicted in the 2020 carjacking and shooting death of a 50-year-old man.

Terry Allen Wilkins was indicted Thursday on first-degree felony murder, especially aggravated robbery, carjacking, and employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony, according to Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.

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On Sept. 6, 2020, at around 12:30 a.m., police found Markel Dewayne Alexander lying in the street in the area of Gill Avenue and Pillow Street near South Parkway.

Alexander had been shot multiple times and was pronounced dead by paramedics a short time later.

According to investigators, his red 2011 BMW coupe was stolen.

The car was found the next day in an alley near Lucas Place, about two miles north of the crime scene.

According to an affidavit, the investigation revealed Alexander had been lured to the location and ambushed by multiple people.

His cell phone records showed his last phone call was made approximately 17 minutes before he died to a phone belonging to Wilkins, according to the affidavit.

Police found Wilkins months later, on March 24, 2021. He was brought into Homicide and found to have two cell phones.

According to the affidavit, his number was the same number Alexander called before his death.

Wilkins told investigators Alexander saw him walking down the street and exchanged phone numbers with him. They talked numerous times over the next few days.

Wilkins told police he and several others met up with Alexander on Sept. 5 to steal his BMW.

He said once they reached the location, they surrounded Alexander, shot him, and took his key fob.

Wilkins said he then drove away in the BMW, according to the affidavit.

Police continue to search for the other suspects who were involved in the crime.

Anyone with information is asked to call Memphis CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).