Teen charged with beating death of elderly man

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The family of a 78-year-old man who was beaten to death wants the teenager charged with his murder put to death.

Johnny Hurley was found beaten, but alive, last October in the 1100 block of South Barksdale. He died in March of his injuries.

Tuesday, police arrested 15-year-old Alzavious Turner, who is charged with first degree murder in the perpetration of a robbery.

Hurley’s son, who is also named Johnny, said he couldn’t believe it when police called him Tuesday morning and told him the person responsible for his dad’s death is not even old enough to drive.

While he said he’s sad for that young man’s family, he wants justice for his own.

“The death penalty would be nice,” he said. “My father lost his life. So…An eye for an eye.”

Police said Turner, who was 14 at the time of the crime, beat Hurley and robbed him while he was walking home from the grocery last October.

Hurley was found on a basketball court, along with blood and a trail of blood on the walking path nearby. He was taken to the Regional Medical Center in critical condition, then sent to a care home where he later died.

“That’s something you don’t do,” Hurley’s son said. “Why jump on an elderly man, who just went to the store?”

Hurley died from those head injuries this March.

His son said everyone in the neighborhood knew his father, and everyone loved him.

“He loved people, and as long as I’ve been living, I never heard my daddy say anything bad about anybody,” he said.

While he said getting the call from police about Turner’s arrest Tuesday morning brought some closure, his family’s fight for justice is far from over.

“Anything that you do, there are consequences behind them, behind you,” he said. “And it’s going to follow you the rest of your life.”

Police have not said what led them to Turner.


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