Man arrested, accused of killing Navy veteran

Man arrested, accused of killing Navy veteran
Albert Farmer Jr. (Source: Family)
Albert Farmer Jr. (Source: Family)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis police officers arrested a man they said is responsible for robbing and killing a Navy veteran.

Police arrested 20-year-old Jeremiah Futrell for killing Albert Farmer Jr.

Farmer served his country in the U.S. Navy before retiring and moving back to his family's home in Whitehaven. On his 51st birthday, he was murdered.

"It's heart wrenching. It hurts." his sister Sandra Farmer-McCall said. "We never thought we would become a part of the homicide issue going on in Memphis."

Two weeks after Farmer was murdered, Memphis police officers cracked the case.

Investigators said evidence collected at the scene and items stolen from Farmer led them to arrest Jeremiah Futrell.

According to the affidavit, Futrell told police he and a friend went into Farmer's home for the sole purpose of "trying to hit a lick" (that's a phrase meaning to get a lot of money in a short amount of time). He said as they were leaving, they shot Farmer multiple times.

Officers said Futrell admitted he took Farmer's car on the night of the killing. He also said he and his friend went back to the house and took another vehicle owned by Farmer and other items. Futrell told police he and his partner planned to make money off the things they stole from Farmer.

Futrell is charged with first-degree murder. He is set to face a judge Monday.

Futrell's partner has not been identified. Memphis Police Department has also not said if he is in custody.

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