Former MPD officer indicted on first-degree murder of wife

Former MPD officer indicted on first-degree murder of wife
Keara Crowder (Source: Facebook)
Keara Crowder (Source: Facebook)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The former Memphis police officer accused of shooting her wife is now indicted on a first-degree murder charge.

Jaselyn Grant, 34, is accused of killing Keara Crowder, 29, during an argument at the home they shared in November 2014. Investigators say Crowder was shot three times with Grant's MPD-issued service weapon.

Police say Grant gunned her wife down at their home on the 4500 block of Bassett Hall Drive. Investigators say the two women married out of state and had a history of domestic violence.

According to Shelby County District Attorney's Office, Grant is also indicted on attempted first-degree murder for shooting at Crowder's 12-year-old son as he ran from the house.

"She seemed like a pretty nice person. A lot of times when police officers put those uniforms on, they change into totally different people," said neighbor Stephanie Richard. "But basically, they're regular people just like we are. She made that choice and that's the consequences of making that decision."

Grant told investigators that she fired the shots in self-defense. Her attorney says she is not guilty.

"I don't think being a police officer exempts you from any of the other pressures of life," Police Director Toney Armstrong said in 2014. "Certainly, we would hope that none of our members would result to violence, especially to the level that this particular case has."

Grant is currently free on a $250 thousand bond. She is no longer an MPD officer.

She is also charged with employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony and aggravated assault.

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