Memphis man indicted for second-degree murder on charges of strangling friend with Christmas lights

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(SHELBY COUNTY D.A. NEWS RELEASE) – A 37-year-old man was indicted Thursday on second-degree murder charges related to the strangulation this summer of a friend during an argument at a North Memphis apartment, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.

Defendant Hans Banks is being held on $500,000 bond.

An investigation showed that Banks and his friend, Joseph Hurdle, 59, were at Banks’s apartment on East Cabana Circle near University and Vollintine when an argument turned violent.

Banks told authorities that he strangled Hurdle with a string of Christmas lights and left the apartment in Hurdle’s vehicle. He later flagged down police officers near a fast food location on Covington Pike and told them there was a dead body in his apartment.

The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Matthew Haywood of the DA’s Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit which prosecutes felony cases of domestic assault and homicide committed by intimate partners.

The Unit also works closely with the Shelby County Family Safety Center to provide services and assistance to victims and their families.

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