Second man convicted in 2017 murder of acquaintance in Whitehaven


(SHELBY COUNTY D.A. NEWS RELEASE) – A Whitehaven man was convicted Wednesday on first-degree murder charges in the robbery and shooting death of an acquaintance in 2017, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.

The Criminal Court jury also convicted defendant Antoine Adams on especially aggravated robbery charges. The murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence, while Adams will be sentenced on the robbery conviction next month by Judge Bobby Carter.

Investigators said the victim, Marquis Bell, 23, was robbed and shot on Feb. 6, 2017, in a Whitehaven convenience store parking lot in the 4200 block of Eastwind Drive by Adams and another defendant, 24-year-old Octavious Bland.

Last year Bland pled guilty to charges of second-degree murder and especially aggravated robbery and was sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole.

The trial this week was handled by Felony Asst. Matt McLeod and Asst. Dist. Atty. Brad Reasonover of the District Attorney’s Vertical Team 3 which handles cases in General Sessions Division 11 and Criminal Court Division 3.

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