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Man released from death row charged in Tenn. shooting

January 30th, 2014 1:27 pm by Associated Press

Man released from death row charged in Tenn. shooting

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a man who served 15 years in prison, including time on death row, in the killing of a Memphis police officer has been charged with shooting a girl.

According to The Commercial Appeal, police said 39-year-old Timothy McKinney was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder after he fired shots in a north Memphis convenience store Jan. 4. Police say he struck a 14-year-old girl in the leg, and shots missed two nearby employees.

The girl was taken to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in critical condition but was later released.

McKinney was convicted in the December 1997 murder of Memphis Police Officer Don Williams, who was working as a private security guard at a comedy club at the time of the shooting.

The conviction was overturned in 2010 when a state appeals court ruled McKinney's original attorneys did not properly investigate or try the case.

Two retrials ended in hung juries before he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to time served in a settlement last May.

McKinney also faces charges of using a firearm during the commission of a felony and reckless endangerment in the store shooting. He was being held on $300,000 bond Thursday. Online court records do not show whether he has a lawyer.

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