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Memphis shooting spree suspect Ezekiel Kelly pleads not guilty to dozens of charges

Ezekiel Kelly was indicted for first-degree murder in the deaths of Richard Clark and Allison Parker, and 24 other charges. He already faces another murder charge.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The man accused in a deadly shooting spree through Memphis appeared in court Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, on the latest indictment, which charged him with 26 new charges related to the Sept. 7, 2022, rampage.

Ezekiel Kelly, 19, pleaded not guilty to the charges and waived his right to a formal reading of the indictment. He is due back in court Nov. 8, where ABC24 is told witnesses will be present.

The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office said Sept. 29th that a grand jury had indicted Kelly on two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Richard Clark and Allison Parker, and 24 other charges including five counts of reckless endangerment, four counts of criminal attempted first-degree murder, and commission of an act of terrorism. (Read the indictments HERE.)

Kelly is accused of killing three people and wounding three others in a day-long, livestreamed shooting rampage that caused panic and led to a citywide manhunt in Memphis on Sept. 7.

Kelly had previously been indicted on one count of First-Degree Murder in the shooting death of Dewayne Tunstall, who was killed about 1 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022 – hours before Memphis Police issued a warning to the public about the spree.

A court hearing for Kelly was postponed Tuesday, Sept. 27, when three state witnesses did not show up for the proceedings. Shelby County General Sessions Judge Karen Massey issued an order to have the three people arrested after they did not answer subpoenas to give testimony. The judge postponed the hearing until Oct. 18.

Kelly remains in the Shelby County Jail without bond.

“This shooting spree terrorized the community,” said Shelby County D.A. Steve Mulroy in a news release. “We will do all we can to see that justice is done.”

The shootings had police warning residents to shelter in place, locking down a baseball stadium and university campuses and suspending public bus services. Kelly was arrested after crashing a stolen car while fleeing police.

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