North Memphis clerk convicted of second-degree murder in death of teen


(SHELBY COUNTY D.A. NEWS RELEASE) – A North Memphis grocery clerk was convicted Thursday of killing a teen last year who had run out of the store with a beer without paying, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.

A Criminal Court jury convicted Anwar Ghazali of second-degree murder following a four-day trial. He remains in custody and will be sentenced on Sept. 23 by Judge W. Mark Ward.

The incident occurred around 10 p.m. on March 29 last year at the Top Stop Shop at 1127 Springdale where 17-year-old Dorian Harris entered the store, took at least one beer from a cooler and left without paying.

Ghazali pulled out a handgun, ran after Harris for a short distance on Springdale and fired several shots at Harris. As he returned to the store, Ghazali said to a witness, “I think I shot him.” The clerk did not call police.

At around 4 p.m. on March 31, a neighbor found Harris’s body in a yard at the rear of 1149 Springdale near the grocery. He had a gunshot wound in the back of his left thigh.

The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Tracye Jones and Lora Fowler.   

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