Security Guard Indicted on First-Degree Murder Charge in Fatal Shooting of Alvin Motley at Kroger Gas Station in Tennessee

Gregory Livingston (left), Alvin Motley (right) | CREDIT: MEMPHIS PD; FACEBOOK

Ex-cop turned security guard Gregory Livingston has been indicted with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Alvin Motley at a Kroger gas station in Memphis, Tennessee. Originally charged with second-degree murder, the grand jury decided to indict Livingston on this new charge after viewing surveillance footage and additional evidence and testimony.

Livingston was only a security guard for two weeks, and repeatedly failed to get licensed as an armed guard, when he and a nearly blind Motley got into an argument over Motley’s music on Aug. 7. The argument continued to escalate, until finally Motley approached Livingston saying “Let’s talk about this like men,” and Livingston fired a fatal shot to his chest.

According to the Commercial Appeal, Livingston is still in custody with a bail set at $1.8 million.

From the Appeal:

Second-degree murder charges were filed shortly after the shooting by Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich’s office. Later, Weirich recused her office from prosecuting, citing a potential conflict of interest with an employee in the office.

Nashville District Attorney General Glenn Funk was appointed shortly after.

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SOURCE: The Root, Rachel Pilgrim