Convicted sex offender now charged with first-degree murder

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A 25-year-old man has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection to a deadly shooting near the downtown area earlier this week.

Investigators say Benjamin Bean confessed to shooting and killing Augusta Gray Monday night after following him to a home on Hamlin Place near Poplar Avenue.

According to court documents, the men got into a fight before police say Bean shot Gray three times and left his body in a nearby alley. The arrest affidavit shows Bean told officers he threw the murder weapon "in the river."

"Law enforcement can’t solve this problem, the government can’t solve this problem," said activist Steve Moore, with F.F.U.N. (Freedom from Unnecessary Negatives).

Moore has been on both sides – he was a former pimp and drug dealer, but turned his life around in the 80s.

"It’s our patterns we get into, our surroundings, our neighborhoods that’s changed our behavior," he said.

But 15 years ago, Moore lost his own son in a shooting. He believes people have become so desensitized to the violence that we’ve stopped acting like losing another life matters.

"It’s just another shooting," he said. "I think we should be in an uproar. We should be hollering, crying, holding rallies. Every week, we should be on the corner saying we will not tolerate this. We’ve got to do something about it."

Like Moore, Bean has lived a life of crime. He’s a convicted sex offender and spent time in jail on robbery and drug charges.

"That problem started a long time ago," Moore said. "He didn’t just wake up at 18, 19 and shoot somebody or rob somebody. He had a negative behavior pattern going on and I think we are failing to catch that behavior or pattern before it gets too late."

Moore now speaks to troubled kids and criminals at the same jail where he served time, hoping to help them change their lives.

"We’re doing a lot, but I don’t think we’re doing enough. And that’s why I’m going to keep fighting to try and do my little bit," he said.

In addition to a murder charge, Bean faces two other felony charges for having a gun and tampering with evidence.

He's set to face a judge Thursday morning.