Teens Accused of Killing Contractor In Court

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(Memphis) Three teenage boys accused of murdering a Collierville contractor stood before a juvenile court judge Wednesday morning.

No facts were discussed, since Wednesday was a preliminary hearing for the trial which starts next month.

“Quite frankly, it was to get the attorneys ready for trial,” said defense attorney James Sanders.

Attorneys went back and forth asking each other to share what they would bring up in trial, like identifying a key prosecution witness in the shooting death of contractor J.P. Shelley.

He was working on a house on Scottsdale in October when the three allegedly robbed him of an iPhone, iPad and some cash.

“Nothing good can be said about the whole situation. There's been a loss of life, a loss of freedom. It has affected the victim’s families and the defendant`s families,” said Sanders.

James Sanders represents one of the accused murderers.

Wednesday in court he had to stop his teenage client from asking questions directly to the judge.

For the attorney, that shows just how the young three murder suspects are.

“Their behavior and reaction is typical of children's behavior, confusion. They want to go home,” said Sanders.

We’ve learned 15-year-old Derek Cunningham, one of the accused, was already in the juvenile justice system as a sex offender.

The juvenile court says Cunningham’s criminal history will be considered by the judge when deciding whether to try him as an adult.

The trial starts December 4th.

The judge granted a competency evaluation for at least one of the suspects before the trial starts.


  • Helen

    Children??? Is he serious? Even so, “children” have consequences for their actions and this thug has a long rap sheet. He is not a child so do not treat him like one. Adult crimes=adult time. Period!

  • Joe Williams

    James Sanders = scumb@g bottom of the barrel lawyer. They are choir boys Jimmy… misunderstood choir boys. All those “children” need is someone to give them a hug.

  • HatesElvis

    They should be tried as adults but all the racist comments on here isn’t called for…. Scary white boys you guys are really tough behind your computer screen i would have more respect for you if you would say it in person on camera or some

    • Stophatred

      Thank you HatesElvis, let the law handle this situation but all of these racist comments each time something happens when it comes to a black person, kid etc, you get all these internet bullies going to their tough spot behind the computer screen making all kind of racist remarks, but when something happens in the white community there not on here making all these comments.

    • hateliberalcommies

      @Hate: where on any post here does it have a racist overtone except for sickof bs’s rant calling someone a cracker??

      • hateliberalcommies

        @Cheryl: so true,,the rich kids seem to think they are above the law which really makes it more irritating…

  • 1midtownmike

    “Their behavior and reaction is typical of children’s behavior, confusion. They want to go home,” said Sanders.

    Poor little hood rats.

    Too bad Shelly can’t go home to his wife and children.


  • TPA

    @sick: you typical racist hypocrite,,you just buckwheat a cracker and several other names and you dare to call a racist??? typical,,you sound like the bully…sick my boy..

  • sickofbs

    I see you erased my comment, but all this racist comment that buckwheat post you leave on the site, so typical of the media you leave all these white racist comments up but I guess my comment was a little much huh!!!! lmao really…..

    • hateliberalcommies

      seems like you are a bigger racist than anyone here,,your remarks were a lot worse than anybody else here. Guess that makes you a black racist huh??

      • sickofracistinternetbullies

        No No stupid that makes me a white racist ass wipe the truth is the truth so you immediately wanted to think I was black, I simply see how you people sit up behind a screen and throw racist comments but wouldnt voice those same racist comments outside of your own four walls BE WHO YOU ARE!!! A RACIST LOW LIFE!!! And the comment of acting like those and the “they and them” I’m sure you don’t have children because for some reason the hate that you wish upon others will come back and slap you in the face so hard and make you eat those very words. I guess im the worst kind of “racist” as you say because I have the best of both worlds black, white oh and Indian, however I dont blame you for your ignorance!

      • hateliberalcommies

        @sick: Yeah stupid,,you are the loudest one here bringing up race and calling people racial slurs. apparently you don’t have kids either because you if you do I feel sorry for them,,you have major anger issues that really need to be addressed.

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