New court documents reveal more in Darrius Stewart's case - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

New court documents reveal more in Darrius Stewart's case

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

As friends of Darrius Stewart prepare for a vigil Tuesday night at the place where the teen was killed, WMC Action News 5 is learning more about the nature of the investigation and the warrants police said he had.

A City of Memphis spokesperson said, effective immediately, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will take the lead on all investigations involving a fatal officer-involved shooting with the Memphis Police Department.  However, the TBI responded, saying only the District Attorney can ask them to join in on a case of this nature, according to Tennessee law.

Meanwhile, the Johnson County Iowa Attorney's Office sent us court documents showing a 19-year-old Darrius Stewart, who allegedly sexually abused two children under the age of 12. Stewart would've been 13-years-old in September of 2009 when the petition was filed. According to the petition, both victims (a family member and a family friend) told Child Protective Services that Darrius engaged them in sexual acts on several occasions.  

Stewart's mother and other family members are denying those claims.

"We're not going to let this fade away because it wasn't right," said Lakendra Lee, Stewart's high school friend.

"Even if he had what they said he had, they still didn't have a right to kill him," said Rickey Taylor, Stewart's best friend.

Stewart was shot and killed by a Memphis police officer on Friday, July 17th during a traffic stop. The officer placed Stewart in the back of a police car to verify warrants on him out of Iowa. They got into a fight after Stewart was let out of the car, leading to Officer Connor Schilling opening fire, according to police.

Rickey Taylor was in the car with Stewart the night he was killed.

He said he was taken away from the scene so he doesn't know the specifics of what happened, but added that even if Stewart had warrants, the officer wasn't justified in shooting him.

The TBI is investigating. Meanwhile, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich released this statement Tuesday morning:

“At my request, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating the death of Darrius Stewart. When they are finished,  the TBI will deliver its investigative records to me.

I will review the records and decide the appropriate action based upon the facts and the law of the State of Tennessee. 

I will do what I can under the law of the State of Tennessee to make information available to the public at the appropriate time and under the appropriate circumstances.”

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