Charges filed in the murder of a Memphis teen - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Charges filed in the murder of a Memphis teen

Antoinette Horton Antoinette Horton
Shanika Batts Shanika Batts
Sernitra Sheppard Sernitra Sheppard

Charges were filed Wednesday in the death of a Memphis teenager.

Monday afternoon, 13-year-old Melissa Robinson was shot in the head at Howze Park, at the corner of Tillman and Mimosa.  At that time, Memphis Police officers were in the area on an unrelated investigation when they heard the shooting occur.

Investigators said Antionette Horton, her mother Sernitra Sheppard, along with Shanika Batts, Shareika Goodman, and Corey Yancy, drove into Howze Park in a car driven by Horton.  Sheppard exited the vehicle armed with a baseball bat and Batts armed herself with a tire iron.

The girls approached a crowd of people in the park, apparently ready to fight someone in the crowd, until people in the crowd started throwing bottles at them.  The thrown bottles forced the two girls back into the car.

Before the car pulled off, Horton fired shots from the driver’s side window, striking and killing Robinson, who happened to be among the crowd.  The group of girls then fled the scene in their car at a high rate of speed.  They were later detained at 411 Hodges Street.

Horton was charged Wednesday with first degree murder and aggravated assault.   Sheppard, Batts, and Goodman were charged with aggravated assault, and Yancy was charged with facilitation of a felony to wit: aggravated assault, and accessory after the fact to wit: first degree murder.

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