Victim's family outraged over reduction in murder charges - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Victim's family outraged over reduction in murder charges


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Memphis, TN (WMC-TV) - A North Memphis family is calling for justice after charges against a man whom police say shot and killed a husband and father were reduced from first degree murder to voluntarily manslaughter.

Stuffed animals and a weathered sign still line the fence where 47-year-old Stanley Lewis was shot and killed on an October morning.

"He just shot him down like he's a wild animal," said Anna Harwell, the victim's aunt. "And I've never known Stanley to do anything to anyone."

Family members say the shooting happened the morning after the two neighbors argued over cable lines.

Just across the street from the victim's home on Hyde Park lives the man police say shot and killed Stanley, 64-year-old Curtis Grove.

The two men had been neighbors for more than forty years, since Stanley was just a kid.

Grove got out of jail on $100,000 bond after his first degree murder charge was reduced to voluntary manslaughter.

"If manslaughter fits this hideous crime, there is no definition for murder at all," Harwell said.

Frustrated by the charge reduction, she got dozens of people to sign a petition to ask the District Attorney's office to upgrade it.

"I hand-delivered it to the district attorney's office. But we haven't heard anything from them," she said.

No one answered Grove's door Sunday evening.

An attempt to reach the spokesperson for the District Attorney's office Saturday evening was unsuccessful.

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