Mother charged with bribing teen in shooting at local apartments, Memphis police say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A woman is charged with bribing a teenager to claim ownership of a gun after a shooting at a local apartment complex.

Records show on May 15, around 2:30 p.m., Memphis police responded to a shooting at an apartment in the 900 block of Oakmont Place.

Police found a victim shot in the hand.

Officers discovered someone had left the scene carrying the gun in an attempt to hide or destroy evidence, according to an affidavit.

Officers located the person and the gun. He was charged with being in possession of the weapon.

On May 26, the victim’s mother, who is also the mother of the person found with the gun, gave a statement to police that the gun belonged to someone else, a teenager.

She told police the teen had found the gun and brought it inside her home, records show.

The 14-year-old was questioned and said the gun was his and that he bound it behind the apartments.

He was not charged for possession of the weapon, records show.

Investigators overheard a conversation in which the mother, identified as Cherry Wright, 33, said, “Marcus is going to take that charge and I am going to give him $250 for it,” according to the affidavit.

On May 28, the teen went back to Crump Station to give another statement.

He told police he was offered $250 to say the gun was his, records show.

He said Wright wanted him to say the gun was his and that she did not pay him after talking with the police.

Wright is charged with False Reporting and Bribing a Witness.