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On September 27, 1993, the victim, who owned a liquor store, obtained $15,000 from the bank for the next business day. She placed the money in a sack and locked the sack in the trunk of her car.

The victim went to Mall of Memphis to do some shopping. When she left the mall and got into her car, the defendant, Richard Madkins, and a co-defendant, Jose Holmes, approached the car and demanded money. The victim tried to drive away, but Holmes shot her through the car window, activating the car alarm. Holmes reached in and removed the keys from the ignition. He went to the other side of the car, opened the glove compartment, and pushed the button to open the trunk. Holmes took the victim’s purse and the sack containing the $15,000 from the trunk.

Holmes and Madkins fled from the scene on foot but were captured a short time later. A large amount of money was found near Holmes. Several witnesses identified both Holmes and Madkins and also provided descriptions that matched the clothes that Madkins was wearing when apprehended.

The jury convicted Madkins of especially aggravated robbery and attempted felony murder. The trial court, finding Madkins to be a Range III persistent offender, imposed a 60-year sentence for each offense, to run consecutively.

http://www.tsc.state.tn.us/OPINIONS/tcca/PDF/021/holmesjd.pdf


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