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West Memphis woman indicted for killing Memphis grandmother after online fight

Shakenya Iman Poney is charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder in the death of Clara Wismon after prosecutors said she shot at a group of women.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — UPDATE 12/1/2021 - A West Memphis, Arkansas, woman has been indicted in a deadly shooting this summer that began with an online fight between the suspect’s sister and a 13-year-old girl.

A Shelby County Grand Jury indicted 24-year-old Shakenya Iman Poney on one count of second-degree murder and three counts of attempted second-degree murder. She is free on $350,000 bond.

According to the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office, about 1:00 a.m. on July 24, 2021, Poney drove up to the Cleaborn Pointe at Heritage Landing townhomes and confronted a group of women. Witnesses told investigators that Poney fired several shots, killing 64-year-old Clara Wismon. They said Poney fired at three others, including Wismon’s 13-year-old granddaughter, before driving away.

Poney was charged and arrested two days later by the U.S. Marshals Service.


7/24/2021 - Memphis Police are investigating after a woman was found killed overnight.

Officers were called to a shooting about 2:00 a.m. Saturday in the 400 block of S. Lauderdale. They found a woman dead at the scene.

Investigators said the suspect was possibly known to the victim, and the death may have stemmed from an ongoing argument.

No one has been arrested.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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