Charges filed in South Memphis triple murder - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Charges filed in South Memphis triple murder

Sedrick Clayton, photo courtesy the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. Sedrick Clayton, photo courtesy the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

(WMC-TV) – Police have filed charges against a man accused of gunning down his girlfriend and her parents at their home Thursday, while his four-year-old daughter was inside.

And while it's too early for a final decision, the district attorney's office acknowledges it will consider seeking the death penalty in the case.

Sedrick Clayton has been charged with three counts of first degree murder. He's accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend PaShea and her parents Ricky and Tricia Fisher.

PaShea's brother was awakened by gunshots and then saw Clayton shoot his sister, According to court records.

Investigators say Clayton admitted to pulling the trigger during a domestic altercation that began in the bathroom and ended in a bedroom.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong sent his condolences to the grieving family Friday, especially the four-year-old, who will grow up without a mother or father.

"This was a senseless act that took the lives of three individuals," Armstrong said. "I pray that we can learn to resolve conflicts without the use of violence and that we can educate ourselves on how to deal with everyday stresses."

Clayton's family said they suspected he had been abusing PaShea, though he denied it. In fact, Clayton's mother said she even told PaShea to leave her son.

However, there is no police record of domestic violence in the relationship.

Clayton's criminal history had been confined to a few driving charges. In November and December he was pulled over and issued a misdemeanor citation for driving on a license that was suspended for failure to pay child support.

Clayton is being held without bond. He's due to be arraigned Monday morning.

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