Man released from prison for domestic violence allegedly killed at ex’s home
A Tennessee man allegedly shot and killed a woman’s ex-boyfriend in her home, according to court documents.
Memphis police were alerted by a woman that a man she believed had been released from jail after a domestic assault on her was outside her residence at Mill Creek Apartments in the Whitehaven area around 9 40 a.m. Sunday.
When officers arrived at the apartment complex, they could not locate the man, according to NBC affiliate WMC.
The woman then called police again at 10:25 a.m. to report a shooting, with a man at the same location.
Memphis police arrived and this time found the woman’s ex-boyfriend and soon learned he had been shot in the chest.
The man, later identified as Axzaibeion Irby, was confirmed to have died at the scene.
According to the network, the suspect was identified as 21-year-old Lamarquez Wilburn and fled the scene.
The Gun Violence Archive, a database that collects information on shootings across the country, revealed that 25 people in Memphis have been shot and killed since Jan. 1 this year.
He added that there had been 69 fatal shootings in Tennessee during the same period.
While officers were unable to locate Wilburn, he turned himself in once his relatives informed police.
According to Fox13, one of Wilburn’s family members gave officers a gun that was allegedly used in the shooting.
Claim of self-defense
Court documents obtained by Fox13 said Wilburn admitted to shooting the man in self-defense.
The same documents show that Wilburn waived his right to an attorney and said he only shot Irby when he rushed him.
Police have since charged Wilburn with voluntary manslaughter and he is due in court on February 7. Wilburn is being held on $80,000 bond.
According to the law firm Burch and Lockhart, intentional homicide is the “intentional or conscious killing of a person in a state of passion due to adequate provocation”.
The law firm added: “The provocation must be such that it would cause a reasonable person to act irrationally.
“Because the person kills in a fire of passion, the law considers them less guilty than someone who commits first or second degree murder. Therefore, intentional homicide is a class C crime, and a person faces three to 15 years in prison if convicted, plus a fine.”
Newsweek contacted the Memphis Police Department for comment.