Convicted killer now accused of rape

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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.


  • Technically he did his time

    TECHNICALLY he wasn’t released early. What a bunch of horse hockey. There should be no reduced time. There should be no parole boards. You get 20 years, you serve 20 years. We do not have a justice system, we have a LEGAL system and it is an absolute farce. These fools doing these crimes know more about law than half the judges. They play the system knowing they can get away with murder and be back on the streets. No telling how many crimes this thug has committed and just not been caught at. Nope we gotta support the system. The bail bondsman, the lawyers, the jailers, the police, the judges, the clerks, and everything else involved in this criminal industry. Meanwhile the taxpaying law abiding citizens have to arm themselves and walk sideways to avoid these criminals being released among us. Heck if he was an illegal he could just cross the border, get a new birth certificate and Obama would welcome him back with free food, healthcare, and a house.

  • therearenoherosinsouthmemphis

    However the State wants to excuse itself, … the creep only spent 13 years in jail for murdering someone and taking the entire remaining years of their life.

    Seem fair to you??? ,,, Not to me.

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