Thursday, July 24 2014 9:17 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:17:27 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis police took a Shelby County Sheriff's deputy recruit into custody Thursday afternoon at a training academy. Hunter Queen, 24, was booked into jail around 4 p.m., but his charges remainMore >>
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Thursday, July 24 2014 8:33 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:33:44 GMT
(WMC) - On the corner of Poplar Avenue and Highland Street, dozens of police and fire department supporters spent their afternoon calling on others to help make change. The goal? "Trying to get everybodyMore >>
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Thursday, July 24 2014 7:46 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:46:27 GMT
A Lakeland woman fought off a stranger who attacked her with a knife in her own home, and then she hid with her 8-year-old cousin in a closet until Sheriff's deputies arrived. Shelby County Sheriff'sMore >>
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Thursday, July 24 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:04:12 GMT
(WMC) - A Mississippi congressional candidate is accused of being dishonest about his service record to benefit his campaign. Ron Dickey is a veteran from Horn Lake. He claims to be a Green Beret veteranMore >>
A Mississippi congressional candidate is accused of being dishonest about his service record to benefit his campaign.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:00:45 GMT
(WMC) - WMC Action News 5 has received some complaints about trash not being picked in the 3600 block of Pryor Street in the Frayser area; residents were upset so the Investigators went out to take a look. ThereMore >>
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MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) – Jailhouse letters written by the two women accused of helping Adam Mayes murder and kidnap a Mid-South family were shared exclusively with Action News 5.
Investigators say Adam's wife Teresa Mayes, and his mother, Mary, helped him carry out his plan against the Bain family. Both women have been sending letters to Teresa's sister, Bobbie Booth, in Chattanooga.
Some of the letters are child-like, while others are what nightmares are made of.
"I should have listened to you when you said that there was something about him you did not like," read theletter from Teresa Mayes to her sister.
The letter written by Mary Mayes said, "Teresa and I are very lucky we are alive. I believe he was coming back to kill both of us. Josie how or why did this happen? What did I do wrong?"
Adam Mayes murdered Jo Ann Bain and her 14-year-old daughter, Adrienne. Investigators say the trio then kidnapped Bain's two younger daughters, Alexandria, 12, and Kyliyah, 8.
As authorities were closing in, Adam killed himself, leaving his wife and mother to face the only charges in the case.
Bobbi Booth and Teresa met Adam and his family when they were young.
Teresa graduated from Dalton Georgia High School. Her sister said she got a special education degree.
"If you look at the pictures, you can see she's always had disabilities," said Booth.
Teresa's letters from prison are simple, almost child-like.
"Everybody here is nice. Do y'all still have chickens? I had a white cat with blue eyes. I like my lawyer," read Teresa's letter.
Mary's letters are much different. She writes about abuse at the hands of her son.
"Adam enjoyed making her feel like nothing just like he did me. He would grab Teresa by the throat and push her up against the wall and when I tried to stop him..I got knocked backwards. It was always something with him. We never did anything right. Only he was right," Mary's letter said.
Booth says Adam was calculating with his abuse.
"She had been punched in her stomach numerous times. She told us that was one of his favorite places to hit because you're not going to bruise," she said.
Mary wrote that her son's behavior was the family secret.
"When you are afraid of someone, you don't cross them or ask why. I have been that way for years. No one ever knew because who wants to be afraid of their children," Mary confessed in the letter. "I slept my first safe night behind bars and still dream of him coming in here."
Booth said she does not believe her sister totally understands all that has happened. She believes Teresa was afraid of Adam after the murders.
"Teresa and Mary have both said that he had threatened to kill them both. And you heard in the letter that she felt that he was coming back to kill them," said Booth. "My understanding of the whole thing is because Teresa knew and Mary knew, he planned to get rid of those who knew."
Even so, Booth is not letting her sister off the hook. But the letters do little to lessen her disgust with the whole situation.
"I'm angry with my sister because she didn't tell the whole story in the beginning. I'm angry with Mary because how could you not know? Why didn't you tell the police? I just want answers as I've said all along," said Booth.
Bobbi Booth may not get those answers until Teresa and Mary Mayes appear in court. She said when she told Teresa to leave Adam, he cut off Teresa's contact.
Now that Adam is gone, there is no one stopping these letters.
Thursday, July 24 2014 12:04 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:04:58 GMT
The victim of a vicious gang rape is warning other women in the metro area. The victim and her attorney talked about the attack exclusively with WLBT. The 35-year-old woman, whose identity we are protecting,More >>
The victim, whose identity we are protecting, said, "He put the gun to my head and told me to take my clothes off. And that's when I couldn't do nothing. I was just standing there crying. And the other dude came from behind the truck. He put one in my side. And they bent me over in my front seat and they started raping me over and over again." More >>
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Thursday, July 24 2014 5:21 AM EDT2014-07-24 09:21:32 GMT
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Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:15 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:15:28 GMT
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Thursday, July 24 2014 7:33 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:33:12 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis Fire Department shut down Holmes Road between Airways Boulevard and Tchulahoma Road after a tree fell across the street. The tree could have possibly landed on a car. Reports are comingMore >>
A building's wall collapsed in Southaven on Access Drive near Stateline Road and Airways Boulevard amid stormy weather on Wednesday.
Two adventurous kayakers in Argentina experienced the thrill of a lifetime following an encounter with a pod of massive whales. The video was taken somewhere off the coast of Puerto Madryn, Argentina.More >>
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Thursday, July 24 2014 8:24 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:24:28 GMT
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