3 charged in connection to Memphis teen’s murder

3 charged in connection to Memphis teen’s murder
(L-R) Justin Williams, Joshua Fletcher and Ashley Lutts (Source: Southaven PD)

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (WMC) - Southaven police are remaining tight lipped about their investigation into the shooting death of a 14-year-old boy despite making three arrests in the case.

“He a kid, come on,” said Gabriel Weeks Friday.

Weeks is the uncle of 14-year-old Christopher Cooper, the Memphis teen Southaven police found shot to death Wednesday at Tuscany Way and Surrey Lane just before 6 a.m.

Weeks and other loved ones said the teen went by the name “Luda.”

“I’m feeling kind of shook up because he was a close friend of mine,” said Delina Collier. " He didn’t deserve to go the way he did."

Friday police announced they’d arrested 3 people in connection with the shooting. Nineteen-year-old Ashley Lutts from Selmer, Tennessee was charged with conspiracy to commit a crime.

Thirty-year-old Justin Williams from Memphis was charged with burglary-home invasion and capital murder, and 25-year-old Joshua Fletcher, also from Memphis, was charged with burglary-home invasion and capital murder.

Relatives said Fletcher is the brother of the victim but disputed his involvement with the teen’s killing.

“It’s very tough times for folks in the family,” said Collier.

Southaven police told WMC Action News 5 they didn’t have additional details to share on what took place or the role those charged played in it. Police said they were still conducting interviews and expected to release more next week.

Collier said the teen had toughened up after being picked on in the past, but she never expected he would lose his life or be in a situation like this.

“It makes me feel bad a kid his age would even have to think about doing any of this stuff or even someone being over his shoulder or hurting him,” she said.

Investigators said more charges could be pending.

Christopher Cooper (Source: Family)
Christopher Cooper (Source: Family) (Source: Family)

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