MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Both charges have been dropped against the McDonald’s employee who was accused of fatally shooting a customer in March.
According to Shelby County Criminal Justice System, Preston Deener was originally charged with second-degree murder and convicted felon in possession of a handgun. He also had a warrant for domestic assault from a previous incident.
Deener was caught on video surveillance pulling out his gun and shooting the customer, Chanteva Gray, in the chest after she banged on the drive-thru window with a gun and complained about her food order at a McDonald’s in Orange Mound.
The single bullet killed Gray.
According to the Shelby County District Attorney’s office, an attorney argued for probable cause in a preliminary hearing on charges stemming from the shooting. The charges were dropped after a judge ruled there was no probable cause due to the defendant’s argument of self-defense.
The DA’s office said they can re-file for indictment with the Grand Jury and are investigating further.