(SHELBY COUNTY D.A. NEWS RELEASE) – A 37-year-old man was indictedThursday on second-degree murder charges related to the strangulation thissummer of a friend during an argument at a North Memphis apartment, said ShelbyCounty Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Defendant Hans Banks is being held on $500,000 bond.
An investigation showed that Banks and his friend, Joseph Hurdle, 59,were at Banks’s apartment on East Cabana Circle near University and Vollintinewhen an argument turned violent.
Banks told authorities that he strangled Hurdle with a string ofChristmas lights and left the apartment in Hurdle’s vehicle. He later flaggeddown police officers near a fast food location on Covington Pike and told themthere was a dead body in his apartment.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Matthew Haywood ofthe DA’s Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit which prosecutes felony cases ofdomestic assault and homicide committed by intimate partners.
The Unit also works closely with the Shelby County Family SafetyCenter to provide services and assistance to victims and their families.