Friday, January 24, 2014

Easy Way Co-Owner's Death Ruled To Be Suicide, Not Robbery

Posted By on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 4:45 PM

David Carter
  • David Carter

Although previous reports alluded that Easy Way co-owner David Carter was killed during a robbery, the Shelby County Medical Examiner's Office has now ruled Carter's death as a suicide.

Memphis Police director Toney Armstrong announced the new findings in a press conference Friday afternoon.

Carter was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the chest at the Easy Way Distribution Center on Mendenhall on Monday morning around 6 a.m. He was inside an office area. Files were overturned, and two safes were open. Carter's truck was parked in the lot, and the passenger door was left open. His jacket was found on the ground.

Police originally believed that Carter encountered someone outside the facility who forced him inside. They believed Carter was shot during a robbery.

But surveillance footage from inside the business shows Carter entering the facility alone and deactivating the alarm system. Police were unable to find any evidence that Carter was coerced or threatened by another person, and surveillance video does not show anyone else entering or exiting the office where his body was found.

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