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Third suspect charged in deadly shooting in southeast Shelby County

Jarrod Vaughn, Phillip Jones, and Jeremiah Chalmers face charges in the murder May 5, 2022, of Malik Smith.
Credit: Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Jarrod Kenard Macklin Vaughn

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said a third man has been arrested and charged in connection with a murder in early May in southeast Shelby County. 

Charges against the two original suspects have also been ungraded.

The SCSO said Jarrod Kenard Macklin Vaughn, 30, is charged with first degree murder, as well as conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, and drug and gun charges.

Charges against Phillip Jones, 34, and Jeremiah Chalmers, 26, were upgraded to first-degree murder. Both also face drug and gun charges, as well as conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery. 

Detectives said 25-year-old Malik Smith was found shot to death on the kitchen floor of a home in the 6700 block of Quail Crest Lane about noon on Thursday, May 5, 2022. 

According to the police affidavit, the shooting may have resulted from a robbery after investigators said the victim has sold marijuana to Chalmers. 

All three remain in the Shelby County Jail.

A fourth suspect is believed to be involved according to the affidavit. The SCSO has not said if the fourth man has been arrested.

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Credit: Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Phillip Jones and Jeremiah Chalmers
Credit: Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Jarrod Kenard Macklin Vaughn

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