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Man will spend life behind bars for killing driver who gave his friend a ride home

Prosecutors said Courdarrius Perkins and Dontavius Whitfield planned the crime together. Perkins was convicted, and Whitfield's trial begins later this month.
Credit: Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Courdarrius Perkins

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Whitehaven man will spend life in prison for killing an acquaintance who gave a friend of his a ride home.

The Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office said a jury convicted 22-year-old Courdarrius Perkins of murder in the perpetration of a felony and aggravated robbery. The murder count carries a sentence of life in prison. He will be sentenced later on the robbery charge.

Prosecutors said on Feb. 25, 2019, 26-year-old Kordedris Overton and a friend gave 24-year-old Dontavius Whitfield a ride home to the 4300 block of Graceland. When they stopped, investigators said Whitfield got out of the car, but then pulled a gun and demanded their valuables.

Credit: Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Dontavius Whitfield

Police said the friend handed over his cell phone, but Overton started driving away, and that’s when Perkins approached the car with a gun. Investigators said Overton was shot in the head, shoulders, and leg, and died at the hospital.

Prosecutors said Perkins and Whitfield planned the crime together.

Whitfield’s trial is set for later this month.

Credit: Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Courdarrius Perkins

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