(SHELBY COUNTY D.A. NEWS RELEASE) - A 16-year-old girl has been indicted on first-degree murder charges in the shooting death last year of another teen in front of a grocery store in the Binghampton area, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Wednesday.
Defendant Teriyona Winton faces life in prison if convicted as charged.
Investigators said that on the evening of April 3, 2017, Winton, then just 15, walked up to 17-year-old Deago Brown in the 300 block of Tillman and shot him once in the head.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Melanie Cox of the Multi-Agency Gang Prosecution Unit which oversees homicide cases and other violent crimes, including aggravated robberies, kidnappings, rapes, criminal attempt murders and narcotics trafficking.
The MGU team, originally formed in 1996 as the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Gang & Narcotics Prosecution Unit, aims to address the high volume of cases involving verified gang members.
The prosecution team works daily with the MGU Operations team, formed in 2011 and made up of highly-trained members of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division, Memphis Police Department Organized Crime Unit, as well as the ATF, FBI and the U.S. Marshals.
MGU conducts long-term investigations of criminal gangs to disrupt illegal activities.