2 arrested for Edge District homicide - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

2 arrested for Edge District homicide

Smith (L) and Bowen (R) (Source: SCSO) Smith (L) and Bowen (R) (Source: SCSO)
Jonathan Booker (Source: Facebook) Jonathan Booker (Source: Facebook)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Two men are behind bars, accused of killing Jonathan Booker, a photographer who died when he was caught in crossfire during a shooting in the Edge District in December.

Four men were responsible for the shooting, according to Memphis Police Department. Despite surveillance footage being captured by a nearby business, the case went cold for months.

Police said there was an altercation inside a venue on Marshall Avenue that spilled outside before shots rang out, but Booker, who was engaged and planning on getting married in 2018, was an innocent bystander.

Wednesday, MPD announced two men had been arrested and charged with reckless homicide in Booker's death: Hayden Bowen, 24, and Calvin Smith, 21.

However, Booker's family said a reckless homicide charge seems too lenient.

Juni Ganguli, a local defense lawyer who's not affiliated with the case, said based on what's called transferred intent, if the people seen in the  surveillance video from the night of the incident were intending to shoot to kill, then a reckless charge doesn't seem most appropriate.

"Without knowing the facts of the case, it would seem that there would be a higher charge than reckless homicide," he said. "Reckless homicide seems to be a very generous charge."

Just a few weeks ago, police charged Jerry Edwards with attempted murder. He's accused of firing shots and hitting two other people the same night. They survived their injuries.

Bowen and Smith are due in court Thursday morning for a bond hearing.

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