Murder Suspect Santerius Lavender in Custody
June 18, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A Crime Stoppers tip led to today’s apprehension in Memphis of murder suspect Santerius Lavender, 24, who was wanted for the April 9th fatal shooting of Chad Allen Daniel on Hillside Avenue.
Investigation by West Precinct detectives shows that Daniel, 33, was shot while in the front passenger seat of a Nissan Altima that had been driven to apartments at 1330 Hillside Avenue by his 26-year-old friend, who had arranged to make a drug buy from Lavender’s girlfriend, Bershia Edens. The 26-year-old reported that as he approached Edens in a breezeway, a gunman, alleged to have been Lavender, appeared and demanded money. The 26-year-old said he threw down his wallet and ran back to the Altima as the gunman followed. He said that as he tried to pull away, shots were fired into the car and Daniel was struck. The 26-year-old then drove to Wedgewood Avenue, where he noticed a police officer working a traffic assignment at Wedgewood & Beech. He pulled over there and asked for help. Daniel was already dead.
Edens, 24, of 1330 Hillside Avenue, was jailed May 31st on a Davidson County Grand Jury indictment charging her with first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery and aggravated robbery. Lavender, who is being returned to Nashville from Memphis, faces the same charges.