(SHELBY COUNTY D.A. NEWS RELEASE) – A 20-year-old man was convicted Friday of second-degree murder and more than two dozen other felony counts for firing into a crowd of teens three years ago in Zodiac Park in Whitehaven, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
A Criminal Court jury found Marcus Malone guilty of killing 16-year-old Alana Tello of Horn Lake, Miss., and wounding four others on Nov. 1, 2016, at the park where two groups of teens had gathered to settle a dispute from the previous evening.
Witnesses said Malone came out of the woods in the park and began to fight with one of the victims, but then pulled a gun and began shooting randomly at the crowd. He then got back in the car and drove off.
Tello was shot in the back of her neck and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Following a weeklong trial, Malone was convicted of second-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, five counts of attempted second-degree murder, 12 counts of aggravated assault, seven counts of employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony, and one count of reckless endangerment.
He remains in custody and will be sentenced Jan. 10 by Judge W. Mark Ward.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Carla Taylor and Austin Scofield of the DA’s Crime Strategies & Narcotics Prosecution Unit which incorporates and expands the work of the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, the Organized Crime Unit, Project Safe Neighborhood/Gundone, GunStat, the Safe Streets Task Force and the Violent Crime Unit.