Arrests Made In Connection With Murder Of Missing Man

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Two people have now been charged in connection with the murder of a missing man.

The body of Shaun Hamblen was found Wednesday morning at a vacant house on McDuff in Sherwood Forest. 

Hamblen had vanished after going to the gym November 29th. His car was found abandoned near the Oak Court mall later that day. Surveillance footage showed Hamblen getting into a Ford Focus.

Memphis Police got a tip Wednesday that the Ford Focus was parked in the 1300 block of Michigan. Two people were taken into police custody and questioned. One of those suspects is Alfonzo Amos.

A tip also led police to the 3600 block of McDuff, where a body was found behind a vacant house.

Alfonzo Amos

According to an affidavit, Amos admitted to taking part in the disappearance, and to robbing Hamblen. It say Amos also admitted Hamblen was shot multiple times and died. The affidavit did not say who pulled the trigger.

Amos faces multiple charges including first-degree murder and aggravated robbery.

Police say a second man questioned, 22-year-old Deeric Walton, was questioned Thursday. According to the affidavit, Walton was developed as a suspect in Hamblen’s disappearance. When they went to question him, they say he took a long time answering the door. When asked why, they say he told them “I was hiding two guns.” Police say during a search, they found four guns, one of which had been stolen out of Somerville, and marijuana.

Deeric Walton

Walton is currently charged with four counts of being convicted felon in possession of a handgun and possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture delivery/sell to wit: marijuana. Police say he had a previous robbery conviction from September 14th of this year.

Hamblen family friend and former Memphis police Sergeant Mike Schafer talked to Local 24 News about the case.

“Prosecuting these individuals will not bring Shaun back. And that breaks my heart. Out of all the violent crimes and nonviolent crimes that I handled, it’s situations like this that are so personal which bring a reality to it all,” said Schafer.

Schafer credits tips to Crime Stoppers and dedicated detectives for helping find his friend’s body and the people possibly responsible for killing him. 

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