Man charged with mur­der in death of Shaun Ham­blen

The Commercial Appeal - - Business - Jen­nifer Pig­no­let Mem­phis Com­mer­cial Ap­peal USA TO­DAY NET­WORK - TEN­NESSEE

A man miss­ing for the past week was shot and killed in a rob­bery, ac­cord­ing to a Shelby County af­fi­davit.

Al­fonzo Amos, 21, has been charged with first-de­gree mur­der and es­pe­cially ag­gra­vated rob­bery in the death of 23year-old Shaun Ham­blen. A sec­ond male sus­pect is in cus­tody but has not been charged, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Po­lice re­ported Thurs­day they dis­cov­ered a body Wed­nes­day night but had not con­firmed it was Ham­blen. The depart­ment orig­i­nally said two peo­ple were in cus­tody but had not been charged as of 2 p.m.

Jail records show Amos was booked into jail just be­fore noon.

The af­fi­davit said Amos ad­mit­ted to “tak­ing part” in Ham­blen’s dis­ap­pear­ance and that Ham­blen “had been shot mul­ti­ple times and died as a re­sult of those in­juries.”

Amos “also ad­mit­ted to tak­ing sev­eral items of value from Ham­blen dur­ing his dis­ap­pear­ance,” ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Ham­blen was re­ported miss­ing by his girl­friend on Nov. 29 af­ter she said he had not re­turned from the gym.

His ve­hi­cle was found in the park­ing lot of Oak Court Mall, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. Po­lice said Ham­blen was last seen get­ting into a car, pos­si­bly a Ford Fo­cus, in the area of Po­plar Av­enue and South Perkins Road.

MPD said ear­lier Thurs­day it re­ceived in­for­ma­tion around 8 p.m. Wed­nes­day that the ve­hi­cle was parked in the 1300 block of Michi­gan. Po­lice found a gray 2009 Ford Fo­cus but did not find Ham­blen.

“Upon fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, two in­di­vid­u­als who were be­lieved to have been in the Ford Fo­cus dur­ing the last time Mr. Ham­blen was seen were iden­ti­fied,” the po­lice depart­ment said. “Both in­di­vid­u­als have since been taken into cus­tody.”

The post said that, dur­ing this time, of­fi­cers re­ceived in­for­ma­tion about a body lo­cated in the 3600 block of McDuff, nearly 10 miles from where po­lice found the car. Po­lice ar­rived at the ad­dress and lo­cated a body. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing. Reach Jen­nifer Pig­no­let at jen­nifer.pig­no­[email protected]­mer­cialap­peal.com or on Twit­ter @JenPig­no­let.

PO­LICE DEPART­MENT COUR­TESY OF THE MEM­PHIS

Shaun Ham­blen was last seen en­ter­ing this ve­hi­cle, a gray four-door Ford Fo­cus.

Ham­blen

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