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Mall shooting suspect's surrender becomes issue in criminal court clerk race

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Candidate Wanda Halbert helped arrange suspect Otis Reddic's surrender nearly two months after a gang-related shooting inside Oak Court Mall. Candidate Wanda Halbert helped arrange suspect Otis Reddic's surrender nearly two months after a gang-related shooting inside Oak Court Mall.
She helped arrange a suspect's surrender on Wednesday morning, and an opponent questions it. She helped arrange a suspect's surrender on Wednesday morning, and an opponent questions it.
Assistant District Attorney Mike McCusker is part of the system Halbert believes many fear. Assistant District Attorney Mike McCusker is part of the system Halbert believes many fear.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - Memphis City Council member Wanda Halbert is running for criminal court clerk. She helped arrange a suspect's surrender on Wednesday morning and an opponent questions it.

Candidate Wanda Halbert helped arrange suspect Otis Reddic's surrender nearly two months after a gang-related shooting inside Oak Court Mall.

"It was very difficult, you know, seeing this young man and discovering what allegedly occurred," said Halbert.

Halbert, a sitting city council member, says Reddic's family contacted her, specifically his father, whom she knows.

"It's scary for them to trust those who currently exist in the system," said Halbert.

Assistant District Attorney Mike McCusker is part of the system Halbert believes many fear.

"If that's not the most shameful display of political posturing in the history of Shelby County, I don't know what is," said McCusker.

He is also running for criminal court clerk and believes the arranged surrender was carefully planned.

"We're one day away from the end of early voting. We're less than a week away from the Democratic primary," he said.

Halbert said it was not a campaign ploy. She wonders if McCusker is taking advantage of the situation by calling her out.

Halbert says her only motivation was to help resolve the situation for police and the suspect's family.

"I'm just grateful they reached out to somebody. It didn't matter if it was me or anybody else, just reached out to somebody," she said.

WMC Action News 5 called the two other Democrats in the race for criminal court clerk. Thomas Long, the current city court clerk said "I do not believe in using children to get votes."

Meanwhile, Reverend Ralph White said there are more important things to debate. Whoever wins next week's primary election faces Republican Richard DeSaussure in August.

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