Teens accused in murder of Memphis pastor make first court appearance

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two teens accused in the murder of a Memphis pastor made their first court appearances Monday morning.

Rev. Eason-Williams died after being shot multiple times during a carjacking in Whitehaven on July 18.

Brayan Carrillo and Miguel Andrade, both 15, faced a judge via Zoom.

Both will remain in juvenile court for now, although Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich is seeking to have them tried as adults.

Carrillo is being represented by attorney Blake Ballin. He has requested a 30-day mental evaluation.

Andrade is being represented by attorney Lauren Fuchs. She has also requested a 30-day mental evaluation.

Both suspects will appear back in court on Sept. 12 at 9 a.m. via Zoom.

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After the carjacking, Rev. Eason-Williams was rushed to Regional One but did not survive her injuries, Memphis Police said.

Later that night, officers found Eason-Williams’ car wrecked out at Lynchburg Street and Steuben Drive.

Andrade was charged with First Degree Murder, Murder in the Perpetration of a Robbery, Especially Aggravated Robbery, Carjacking, and Employment of a Firearm during a Dangerous Felony.

Carillo was charged with First Degree Murder, First Degree Murder in Perpetration of Robbery, Especially Aggravated Robbery, Possession of a Firearm During a Dangerous Felony, and Carjacking.

Juveniles between 14 and 17 who are charged with serious crimes are eligible to transfer to adult court, and Weirich said she believes this case fits into that description.

A transfer hearing is not expected until late August or September.

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A 20-year-old, Eduard G. Rodriguez Tabora, was also arrested in the killing. He’s charged with First-Degree Murder, Especially Aggravated Robbery, Facilitation First-Degree Murder, and Employment of Firearm W/I to Commit a Felony, records show.

A 16-year-old boy was charged with Theft of Property $2,500-$10,000 in connection with the incident.

Her will be held Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. at Saint Paul United Methodist Church, 2949 Davies Plantation Rd., in Lakeland, Tenn.

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