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Reported by Lori Brown

Family of victim present as man accused of her murder appears in court

Two rows of family and friends of Lavatrice Street waited in a Shelby County Courtroom for hours Tuesday morning for Shelly Minor's first court appearance.

Minor was charged with first degree murder after investigators said Minor purposely rammed his car into an SUV driven by Street on Thursday morning.

The hit caused her to slam into a utility pole.

She died in the crash.

Soon after the hit and run, investigators began to suspect it was more than a random accident.

Investigators found Minor's car, which they said hit Street, abandoned near the crash site.

Inside Minor's car investigators found a restraining order filed by Street against Minor.

Street filed the order against Minor a few weeks ago, describing a long history of abuse.

Street even said Minor was responsible for the fire that destroyed her home.

Street's goddaughter told me Street had only said good things about Minor.

Street's family and friends said they are not yet ready to talk about her death.


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