18-year-old Martavious Newell was charged with attempted second-degree murder, two counts of carjacking, aggravated robbery, and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon after being involved in several incidents that spanned over a period of six weeks. Newell admitted his involvement and willingly spoke to police about the cases.
On April 20th, Martavious Newell was investigated by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office as a person of interest involving several armed robberies and attempted second-degree murder. He was caught and read his Miranda rights, then agreed to speak about his involvement.
On March 13th, at 4487 Berkley Woods Drive, Brenda Johnson Carter was held at gunpoint and robbed of her purse in her own driveway. Defendant Newell agreed that it was he who robbed the victim.
On April 7th, at 4324 Hughes Meadow Cove, Edrick Cummings saw several people breaking into cars across from his home and yelled at them to stop. They then started firing weapons at him and missed him entirely. The rounds, however, did strike the dwelling of 4316 Hughes Meadow Cove. Newell admitted to being present and firing two shots in the incident.
On April 11th, at 8341 Irene Boulevard, Kiara-Ashaunda Diggs was held at gunpoint, pistol-whipped, and robbed of her phone and Ford Fiesta. Newell stated that he was present for the robbing of the Fiesta but did not brandish a weapon.
On April 20th, at 8137 Waterford Circle, Fred White was robbed at gunpoint for his Nissan Maxima and cell phone. Newell said he was present, but only pulled on the doors at the carjacking.
Martavious Newell was attempted second-degree murder, two counts of carjacking, aggravated robbery, and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon. His bond was set at $100,000.