Man pleads guilty in vehicular homicide of Memphis radio DJ’s son

Man pleads guilty in vehicular homicide of Memphis radio DJ’s son
Melvin Willies (Source: MPD)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A motorist with a blood-alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit pled guilty Thursday to aggravated vehicular homicide for killing a bicyclist two years ago.

Melvin Willies, 66, who has a prior DUI conviction, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

He must serve at least 60 percent of his sentence before he can be considered for parole.

The victim, 32-year-old Kenya Matthews, was the son of Ella Taylor and talk show host Thaddeus Matthews.

Kenya Mattthews (Source: Family)
Kenya Mattthews (Source: Family) (Family)

Investigators said Willies was intoxicated when he was driving south on Weaver Road near Raines Road when he struck and killed Matthews on June 15, 2017.

Willies had a BAC of .21, more than twice the legal limit of .08.

A Good Samaritan witness stopped his car, turned on his flashers, and called 911.

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