Suspect in Officer Sean Bolton murder case to return to court in September

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tremaine Wilbourn, the man charged with first-degree murder in the death of Officer Sean Bolton, was ordered to reappear in court in September.

A judge set another hearing for September 26. It’s unclear if the trial date will be set at that time.

Just last week, Wilbourn was sentenced to 25 years in a federal prison on separate carjacking and gun possession charges. Now that he has been sentenced in federal court, the state’s murder trial can proceed.

Wednesday was Wilbourn’s first appearance facing state charges since he was sentenced.


Investigators claimed Wilbourn was in the passenger seat of a vehicle parked on a street in East Memphis when Officer Bolton approached the vehicle.  Bolton attempted to detain Wilbourn before the defendant pulled a 9 mm pistol and shot Bolton several times.

Prosecutors said he committed a carjacking as he tried to escape after the shooting.

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