Prosecutors want death penalty in triple murder

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

(WMC-TV) – Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty for a Memphis man who was charged with murdering his girlfriend and her parents last week.

Sedrick Clayton was arraignment Monday morning and after his hearing, Clayton's relatives made an emotional apology.

The judge appointed public defender Gerald Skahan to serve as Clayton's defense attorney during Monday's court hearing.

Clayton is charged with three counts of first degree murder following the shootings of his girlfriend PaShea and her parents Ricky and Tricia Fisher.

"I just want to take this opportunity to tell the family that we are sorry," said his uncle Percy Clayton. "We didn't wish for this to happen… Things happen in life and we just want the family to know that we are very sorry."

Clayton's uncle and other family members were at the arraignment and afterwards Percy Clayton talked about the emotional impact the triple murder is having on both families.

"Our family is affected," he said. "All the families are affected. It's a lose-lose. Nobody is going to win on this here. I just want to let everybody know that the Clayton family is very sorry and I hope y'all forgive my nephew for what happened."

The shootings happened early Thursday morning. According to police reports, Clayton shot his girlfriend's and her parents during an argument inside their South Memphis home. Police say Clayton left the shooting scene with his four-year-old daughter and turned himself into police several hours later.

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