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Traffic light shooting was random, police say

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The suspect in the shooting death of a 40-year-old woman at a Memphis traffic light appeared in court Tuesday as court documents revealed new information about her death.

In a photo lineup, witnesses identified Demaricco Chalmers, 19, as the gunman.  Witnesses said Chalmers shot and killed a 40-year-old mother of five, Lisa Nelson, as she sat at a stop light.

According to court documents, just after 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nelson was driving along Burnham Avenue in her Mercury Sable when she hit a stop light at North Watkins.  Witnesses said Chalmers and 17-year-old Joseph Hill approached her car door.  Witnesses didn't say if words were exchanged, but they did say Chalmers pulled the trigger.

After the shooting Nelson's car slowly rolled away, coming to a rest on North Watkins.  She later died at The MED.

Monday, tipsters led police to a home on Donna Drive, a couple blocks from the crime scene, where both suspects were found and arrested.

Chalmers later confessed he was trying to rob Nelson.  Police changed the charge against him from first-degree murder to first-degree murder in perpetration of an attempted robbery.

Tuesday, Nelson's neighbors would not talk on camera, but after hearing the news, one neighbor choked up in tears and said she had goose bumps all over. 

According to her neighbor, Nelson was always nice, and appeared to be a good mom to her three sons and two daughters.  Neighbors said she worked hard, commuting to Mississippi where she worked at a gas station.

Neighbors added that two days before her murder, Nelson left her husband and took her four youngest children with her.

Police investigators say this was a random murder.  Chalmers, whose bond was set at $5 million, is due back in court on October 30th.

Also Tuesday, a Juvenile Court judge ordered Hill to remain in jail until his arraignment on October 28.

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