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Grand Jury indicts man who police said accidentally shot himself & left his phone behind during 2021 auto parts store murder

Jemarius Jones was indicted for first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and more in the shooting at O’Reilly Auto Parts in Raleigh in Sept. 2021.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — UPDATE 3/4/2022 - A Shelby County Grand Jury has indicted a man in a murder outside an auto parts store in Raleigh in Sept. 2021. Police said the suspect shot himself in the foot and left his cell phone behind.

The Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office said 28-year-old Jemarius Jones was indicted for first-degree murder, three counts of attempted first-degree murder, and four counts of employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony. He is being held without bond.

Investigators said after 8 p.m. on Sept. 13, 2021, officers were called to the O’Reilly Auto Parts in the 5000 block of Yale Road at Covington Pike. They found 34-year-old Darryl Jenkins was found shot to death in the parking lot of the store where he worked.

Investigators said a couple driving in the area with their small child. They said the couple saw Jones shooting at Jenkins, who was taking out the trash. Police said the couple’s car was hit by several bullets.

Police said Jones had a gun in each hand and accidentally shot himself in the foot. They said when he began walking away from the scene, firing several more shots, he accidentally dropped his cell phone.

Jones was charged and arrested two days later.


9/16/2021 - A man is behind bars charged in Monday night's shooting death near a Raleigh auto parts store.

Memphis police said Jemarius Jones was arrested Tuesday, September 14, 2021, and charged with second degree murder in the death of Darryl Jenkins.

According to a police affidavit, three men were seen on surveillance video in the area of 5099 Yale Rd. at the time of the shooting.  The video showed two of the men confront Jenkins when he walked out of O'Reilly Auto Parts taking out the trash.  Jones was later identified as the shooter.

After the shooting Jones was seen on video walking through the parking lot firing several more times and dropping a cell phone.

During the investigation, Jones was interviewed and denied involvement in the shooting.  Detectives showed him the cell phone that he had dropped, which he denied owning, but, said a man he knew named "Fat" attempted to sell him that device earlier in the day.

Investigators later searched Jones' home where they found several items, including a pair of shoes Jones was seen carrying at the time of the shooting.

Jones mother was shown pictures from the crime scene and identified the person as her son.


9/13/2021 - One man was shot near a store in northeast Memphis Monday night.

According to the Memphis Police Department, the . Police did not say what led up to the shooting, but they did say the victim was taken to Regional One in critical condition.

If you have information that can help investigators, call CrimeStoppers of Memphis and Shelby County at 901-528-2274 (CASH). Calls to CrimeStoppers are anonymous, and you could earn a cash reward.

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