MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Cordova community is wrapping their head around a shooting that left a 15-year-old dead and the 25-year old shooter behind bars.
“To hear of something like this happening, it’s very concerning,” said nearby resident Lanorki Moreton.
Moreton is one of many people who live in this Cordova area who says they’re lost for words after the teen was shot and killed outside the Grove Trinity Point Apartments Monday night.
Police are not releasing the name of the victim in the shooting but tell FOX13 he was breaking into Alfred Kirkham’s car when he took notice. The teen tried to run, but the owner chased him and shot him multiple times.
“The whole situation is sad that the person who took the young man’s life is in jail now and we have another youth that we’ve lost on the streets,” said community member Erica Gray.
Police say Kirkham is charged with Second Degree Murder. Legal experts say it should raise questions to the public about Stand Your Ground Laws.
Mark Mesler is a criminal attorney at Rosenblum and Reisen. He says the case of Alfred Kirkham is one that’s caught the attention of legal experts throughout Memphis.
“This is a situation where a person was defending their property and unfortunately used deadly force to defend it. In the state of Tennessee, you can’t use deadly force in order to protect property,” said Mesler.
Mesler says it’ll be difficult to argue the Stand Your Ground Law in this case. Memphis police say the 15-year old shooting victim didn’t have a weapon during the car break-in, but the shooter believed he was reaching for a weapon as he ran.
“It’s not illegal for you to chase someone. If someone was stealing your property, you can chase them. That’s not the problem. The problem is if you’re firing shots and the only way to justify that is if you reasonably believed they were reaching for a weapon,” Mesler explained.
Kirkham is scheduled for court Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.
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