Man sentenced to life in prison for beating victim to death with shotgun : The Commercial Appeal

Man sentenced to life in prison for beating victim to death with shotgun

By Lawrence Buser (Contact), Memphis Commercial Appeal
Originally published 12:19 p.m., May 4, 2009
Updated 12:19 p.m., May 4, 2009

A man convicted in March of beating another man to death with the butt of a sawed-off shotgun in a motel room was formally sentenced this morning to life in prison.

Elliot Fullilove, 29, filed a motion for a new trial, but that was denied today by Criminal Court Judge W. Otis Higgs Jr.

Among the reasons cited in the motion was that jurors should not have have been shown photos of the grisly crime scene at the Deluxe Inn & Suites at 3456 Lamar.

“In all the years I’ve tried cases, this was the bloodiest I’ve ever seen,” Higgs said, “but the jury had a right to see where the crime occurred and to be informed what actually happened.”

Fullilove was convicted of conspiring with Serena Carter to lure an acquaintance, Jonathan Ardrey, to the motel and rob him on June 2, 2006.

Several days after the murder, Fullilove was stopped driving Ardrey’s car at McLemore and Latham. He contended that he killed Ardrey to defend Carter, 24, who goes to trial in November.

The case was featured in an episode of A&E’s “The First 48” titled “The Hustler,” a reference to the victim’s pool skills.

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