Convicted killer now accused of rape

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Families living in a section of Orange Mound are thinking of moving out after police arrested a convicted murderer for rape.

Marco Anderson, also known as DeMarco Cotton, is behind bars, accused of an attack near Carnes Avenue and Pendelton Street.

Police say Anderson abducted a woman at gunpoint while she was walking down the road Thursday morning.

Anderson’s accused of then driving a few blocks over to Choctaw, where police say he raped his victim, stole her purse, and threatened to kill her if she didn’t get out of his car.

“God took rib from a man and created a woman. Why would you want to do a woman like that?” neighbor Cornelious Fisher said.

Fisher is angry over the brutal, heartless attack, but also believes the state failed to keep the woman safe.

WREG uncovered Anderson pleaded guilty to murder in 1998. He was sentenced to 20 years, but only served 13. He got out in 2011 because of good behavior.

“You ain’t doing nothing but waiting on a situation to happen when you let a convict out of jail and he ain’t served all his time,” Fisher said.

Anderson’s latest arrest gives neighbor Dora Callahan another reason to pack up and move to West Memphis, where she believes she’ll be safer.

“I’m still shaking, it’s scary. I don’t know what the world is coming to,” said Callahan.

Fisher wants to stay in the neighborhood, but fears for his 4-year-old daughter’s future.

“If you need to do that to a woman, you ain’t a man,” Fisher said.

Anderson was only 16 at the time of the murder.

The state’s department of corrections says that Anderson technically wasn’t released early, because he earned program credits that reduced his sentence.


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