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Burks identifies shooter in Friday hearing, faces two arrest warrants

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Still recovering after getting shot last July, and still in a wheelchair, former University of Memphis basketball star Antonio Burks rolled into General Sessions court in Memphis Friday.

During a preliminary hearing, Burks identified Darquan Swift as the man who shot him.

"I'll never forget that face," he said. "I looked at him long time today to make sure I never forget that face."

Swift is accused of shooting Burks beside a vacant house on LaClede back in July.  Investigators say Swift, a 16-year-old, and another man, Laderrious Carr, planned to rob a dice game.

Burks testified he had just arrived at the game and was not gambling.  Other witnesses testified that the dice game was a regular event that started at noon.

"That dice game was going on for five hours with people coming and going all day," Defense attorney Mike working said.

Working, who is Swift's attorney, said his client didn't rob anyone.

"There was enough to hold him for shooting Mr. Burks, but not for being part of the robbery," he said.

Prosecutors argued that all three defendants share equal criminal responsibility.  Burks agreed.

"I guess you can't hope for nothing, just they get a long time in jail. They know they deserve it," he said.

The judge agreed, saying there is probable cause to send the case before a grand jury.  All sides said they'll sit back and await indictments.


Burks, who is facing two outstanding bench warrants for his arrest, could soon be facing a legal battle of his own.

One warrant was issued in January by a juvenile court judge.  The other was issued in September 2008, after Burks failed to show up in court to answer a charge of driving on a suspended license.

A Shelby County Sheriff's Department spokesperson said deputies did not know Burks was a wanted man, because the court computer system only cross-checks defendants, not witnesses or victims.

Meanwhile, a District Attorney's office spokesperson said officials there did not know about Burks warrants either, because they do not run routine background checks on crime victims.

"We are looking into this matter and will take the appropriate action," a D.A. spokesperson said.

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