MEMPHIS – A 23-year-old man pled guilty Monday to the 2012 shooting death of a rival gang member in southeast Memphis, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Defendant Tremarius Avant pled guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison with no parole by Criminal Court Judge Paula Skahan who approved the settlement. Avant was scheduled to be tried this week on first-degree murder charges.
Investigators said Avant was arrested shortly after the body of 16-year-old DeMarco Deshun Adams was found on Nov. 6, 2012, in the backyard of a home in the 4400 block of Leatherwood Ave. near Willow Road and South Perkins.
Avant, who was also known as Tremarius Moorman, was upset that Adams have quit Avant’s gang, the Universal Vice Lords, and had joined a rival gang, the Piru Bloods, according to investigators.
When Avant spotted Adams walking alone that evening, he chased the victim to the backyard of a residence and shot Adams in the back. A homeowner later found the body in the yard.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Colin Campbell and Tracye Jones of the DA’s Multi-Agency Gang Prosecution Unit which handles homicide cases and other violent crimes associated with gang activity, specific targeted gang members and special cases assigned by the District Attorney General.
The prosecution teams works daily with the MGU Operations team, using local ordinances and state and federal laws to hold offenders accountable.