Friday, July 25 2014 6:44 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:44:32 GMT
(WMC) – The funeral home where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s body was prepared after his assassination is celebrating 100 years. R.S. Lewis and Sons Funeral Home, located on Vance Avenue, does muchMore >>
The funeral home where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s body was prepared after his assassination is celebrating 100 years.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:36:58 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis police crews are responding to a crash on Interstate 240 near Millbranch Road. Two vehicles and a bus are involved. According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation smart map,More >>
Memphis police crews are responding to a crash on Interstate 240 near Millbranch Road.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:22:53 GMT
(WMC) – A Bartlett, Tenn. doctor will be spending the next 16 years in prison for illegally prescribing powerful painkillers like Oxycodone and Hydrocodone. Bartlett Psychiatric Center on Kirby-WhittenMore >>
A Bartlett, Tenn. doctor will be spending the next 16 years in prison for illegally prescribing powerful painkillers like Oxycodone and Hydrocodone.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 5:18 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:18:19 GMT
(WMC) – One of the best times of the year for shoppers has started in Mississippi. The state's sales tax holiday started just after midnight on Friday, July 25. Whether you are doing back-to-school shopping,More >>
One of the best weekends of the year for shoppers has started in Mississippi. The state's sales tax holiday started just after midnight on Friday, July 25. More >>
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC) – Prosecutors are asking a judge to revoke probation for a Memphis mother whose two young children died in a house fire in 2009.
Melodia Dunn, 27, was booked into jail Thursday evening.
Investigators say Dunn left two of her children alone in their Effie Street home back on October 19, 2009. While she was gone, the house caught fire. LaDereon, 3, and Cetereon, 2, died.
In 2011, Dunn pleaded guilty to attempted child abuse and reckless homicide charges. As part of the deal, she was sentenced to 14 years, none of which in prison but rather all of on probation.
As part of that probation Dunn was ordered to go to therapy and take medication for a mental illness. In 2012, the district attorney's office learned Dunn stopped doing both and a warrant was issued for her arrest on a probation violation.
She was scheduled to appear in court on that probation violation a few weeks later but didn't show up. WMC Action News 5 learned it was because she just had another baby.
Dunn received a driving citation on June 3, 2014, in which she was charged with driving with a suspended license, having expired registration, and driving without insurance.
Prosecutors also say Dunn is not complying with required conditions of her probation.
Prosecutors say Judge James Beasley issued another warrant for Dunn's arrest. She appeared in court Friday afternoon.
"She loves her children. Melodia is not a bad person," her defense attorney, Bill Massey, said. "And I think she still carries this burden. She says she wakes up every morning thinking about it, those two children that she loved dearly."
"There's a myriad of conditions that are placed on probationers," said Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich. "That's the whole point of probation is rehabilitate offenders so they do not come back into the criminal justice system."
Massey says his client has mental health issues, has no driver's license, but is working a part-time job and trying to care for her 1-year-old.
"Melodia has compliance issues, and it's because of the difficulty in complying and when you add all the other problems Melodia faces it just makes it hard for her," he added.
The judge will hear arguments August 21. Until then, Dunn will be locked up without bond.
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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 >>
Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
(WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:46:04 GMT
Police planned Friday to present their case to prosecutors on whether charges should be filed against an 80-year-old man who fatally shot of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.More >>
Prosecutors deciding whether to charge a California man who says he fatally shot a violent burglar in the back in an alley as she fled his home face a difficult decision because the case falls in a gray area involving...More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:12:23 GMT
(WMC) - A Memphis home for the elderly is under scrutiny after two incidents involving residents happened within two days this week. Tonight, one of them remains missing. The other resident is hospitalized. TheMore >>
A Memphis home for the elderly is under scrutiny after two incidents involving residents happened within two days this week.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:49:54 GMT
(WMC) – It's Freebie Friday and WMC Action News 5's Lindsey Brown found a ton of freebies this week from museums, movies, to moves on the dance floor! Back-to-school haircuts As the kids get closer toMore >>
It's Freebie Friday and WMC Action News 5's Lindsey Brown found a ton of freebies this week from museums, movies, to moves on the dance floor!More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 8:01 AM EDT2014-07-25 12:01:23 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 >>
Memphis police arrested a deputy recruit at the Shelby County sheriff's training academy Thursday after an investigation revealed he could be the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run. More >>