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VOL. 11 | NO. 27 | Saturday, July 7, 2018

Bartlett Victim Shot Multiple Times as He Lay on the Ground in Slaying During Fireworks Show

Daily News staff

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A 17-year-old fatally wounded on a restaurant parking lot during Bartlett’s fireworks display fell to the ground after the first shot, then the assailant “stood directly over him and unloaded multiple shots,” a witness told Bartlett police.

The victim – Jaylon Cohen – was found between two cars on the Taco Bell parking lot at 7571 U.S. 70 near Appling Road Tuesday night, July 3. He was taken to St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett, where he died shortly after the shooting.

Kentrell Spight has been arrested in the July 3 slaying of 17-year-old Jaylon Cohen in Bartlett. (City of Bartlett Jail)

Kentrell Spight, 18, of Cordova faces charges of first-degree murder and employing a firearm in commission with a dangerous felony after gunshots erupted during Bartlett’s fireworks display, killing Cohen.

He was ordered held on a $2 million bond after a special arraignment on Thursday.

The affidavit of complaint against Spight also indicates the victim was taunted by a trio. A female told Bartlett police she was aware of an Instagram live video posted earlier Tuesday where they were “letting the victim know they were looking for (Cohen).”

Hours later, Cohen was dead, only the third homicide in the suburb since late 2010.

Spight was arrested Wednesday at his Cordova home after authorities reviewed video of the shooting incident and culled partial identities of the people involved. A witness also picked Spight from a photo lineup as the man who shot Cohen, according to the affidavit of complaint.

Before Tuesday, the most recent homicide was in October 2016, when liquor store owner Sanjay “Sam” Patel, 44, was killed by an acquaintance, Marcus Perry, according to police. Perry was found dead in his home at 9005 Pembroke Ellis Drive in Bartlett – the victim of an apparent suicide.

Patel would remain missing until his body was discovered on a Panola County, Mississippi, farm six months later.

Before that, the previous Bartlett homicide case was Dec. 20, 2010, when Jean Thomas Jeans was shot to death in the Suburban Lodge on Stage Road. A man staying in the room with Jeans – Dr. Frederick Lawrence Cole – said Jeans killed herself.

Bartlett police questioned Cole about the case, and the doctor killed himself a month later in Gadsden, Alabama, as authorities there closed in on him with a first-degree murder warrant in Jeans’ death.

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