(SHELBY COUNTY D.A. NEWS RELEASE) – A 29-year-old man has been indicted on first-degree murder charges for the shooting death of a woman who was trying to end their relationship last December, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Defendant James Abston, who worked as a manager at an adult nightclub on Lamar, is being held without bond in the Shelby County Jail.
Investigators said that on Dec. 22, 2018, the victim, Tyesha Wallace, 26, was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds. She was seated in a running vehicle owned by Abston that had crashed into a bush in the front of a residence in the 600 block of Harrell St. near Faxon and Scott streets.
Abston had been seen in the area looking for Wallace shortly before she was killed, investigators said. Wallace had been living with Abston and his wife.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Jen Morris of the DA’s Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit which prosecutes felony cases of domestic assault and homicide committed by intimate partners.
The Unit also works closely with the Shelby County Family Safety Center to provide services and assistance to victims and their families.