Three charged with murder in connection with Phil Trenary’s death


Quandarius Richardson and McKinny Wright

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three people have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Thursday’s shooting death of business leader Phil Trenary, the Memphis Police Department announced shortly before midnight Saturday.

McKinney Wright Jr., 22, Quandarius Richardson, 18, and Racanisha Wright, 16, have been charged with first-degree murder in perpetration of attempted robbery and attempted especially aggravated robbery.

According to an arrest warrant, Richardson was a suspect early on in the investigation after he was seen driving in a white truck away from the scene of Trenary’s killing Thursday night. Witnesses said a person got out of that truck, fired at Trenary from behind, then sped away.

Richardson was one of two people taken into custody after a high-speed police chase that began in Frayser and ended in a wreck in South Memphis on Friday morning. Two other drivers were injured in that wreck, which tore the white truck in half.

Richardson was being held on $500,000 bond on several charges including evading police and auto theft. He is set to face a judge Monday.

During the investigation, Richardson allegedly told police that he, McKinney Wright Jr. and Racanisha Wright were driving around downtown discussing possible robbery targets when they spotted Trenary.

All three waived their Miranda rights and confessed, according to police.

Trenary, president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce, was gunned down Thursday night on Front Street near his downtown home as he walked from a Chamber-sponsored event. He had previously been CEO of Pinnacle Airlines and was a tireless advocate for Memphis.

He was found unresponsive in the street about 7:30 and pronounced dead around 8 p.m.

The mugshot for Racanisha Wright, a juvenile, was not available.

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