A Whitehaven man was indicted Tuesday on first-degree felony murder and other charges in the shooting death last summer of his 3-year-old son, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Amy Weirich.
A grand jury also indicted Cortez Wilkerson on aggravated child neglect, aggravated child endangerment and aggravated child abuse.
On July 8 last year, police responded to a shooting call at an apartment in the 3600 block of Duchess and found 3-year-old Kash Sharp outside with a gunshot wound to the forehead. The boy was pronounced dead a short time later at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
Wilkerson, 26, was charged after several different accounts he gave of the shooting were not supported by the forensic evidence or the crime scene, investigators said.
The case is being handled by Eric Christensen, chief prosecutor of the DA’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.
SVU reviews child-victim cases with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.