Four teens indicted in deadly 12-day crime spree

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(SHELBY COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY NEWS RELEASE) – Four teenagers have been indicted on first-degree murder and multiple other felonies stemming from a 12-day crime spree last November that also included carjackings, robberies and more than a half dozen victims, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.

A grand jury indicted Djuantay Jacocks, 19, Jason Poole, 18, Mardavis Thomas, 17, and Jaylon Causey, 17, on first-degree murder charges in a carjacking in the Nutbush area of northeast Memphis during which a woman was shot and killed.

Jacocks and Thomas also face felony counts that include aggravated robberies, two thefts of property (motor vehicles), and attempted aggravated robberies in the North Memphis and Frayser areas between Nov. 15 and Nov. 27. Poole also was indicted on two counts of aggravated robbery and an attempted aggravated robbery.

On Nov. 19, shortly after a man’s pickup truck and wallet were stolen at gunpoint on Isabelle in North Memphis, a man and his wife were assaulted by the suspects when they stopped at an intersection at Truman Avenue and Ozan Street. Two of the assailants tried to open the doors of the couple’s vehicle, then one began shooting. Belinda Humphreys, 49, who was in the front passenger seat, was struck and killed.

Earlier that evening, a man and woman were walking their dogs in the 1000 block of Vaughn in the Berclair area when a man with a shotgun approached and demanded their belongings. A vehicle with several males then pulled up and pointed guns at them. As the vehicle pulled away, one of the suspects fired a shotgun at the couple’s dogs. 

On Nov. 27, police spotted the pickup truck stolen eight days earlier on Isabelle travelling in the area of Range Line Road and James Road in Frayser. When officers stopped the vehicle Jacocks, Thomas and Causey fled on foot, but were captured after a short chase. Pool was arrested the next day.

The cases are being handled by Chief Prosecutor Theresa McCusker of the DA’s Vertical Team 1 which handles cases in General Sessions Division 7 and Criminal Court Division 1, and by Asst. Dist. Atty. Leslie Byrd.          

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