One teen accused in murder of Memphis pastor to be tried as adult

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — One of the teens accused in the murder of a Memphis pastor will be tried as an adult.

The ruling came down Friday, January 20, 2023.

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Miguel Andrade, 15 at the time of the shooting, is one of three people accused of shooting Rev. Autura Eason Williams, killing the Memphis pastor during a carjacking on July 18, 2022.

Debate about whether Andrade and the other teen involved should be tried as adults has raged since the teens’ arrest.

Memphis Police said the two were arrested along with 20-year-old Eduard G. Rodriguez Tabora after the pastor’s car was found wrecked out at Lynchburg Street and Steuben Drive.

Juveniles between 14 and 17 years of age who are charged with serious crimes can be transferred to adult court.

While it was determined that Andrade will be tried as an adult, the other teen pleaded guilty and surrendered to stay with child services until the age of 19.

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Eason-Williams’ children have spoken out about their desire for the pair to be tried as juveniles, citing the forgiveness they believe their mother would want to be shown.

Her husband, and not the biological father of those children, has vocally disagreed, however, calling for them to be tried as adults.

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Andrade was given a $200,000 bond and transferred to adult court.