July 29, 2009

Suspect in Burks’ shooting has record

The 18-year-old man suspected of shooting Memphis Grizzlies guard Antonio Burks was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in 2006, a court spokesman says.

Barry Mitchell said after being sent to reform school for shooting Fidal King, 29, Darquan Lynneral Swift was released in February 2008 and later faced gun and marijuana possession charges in Criminal Court, the Memphis Commercial Appeal said Wednesday.

Mitchell said Swift also was accused of stealing a car in 2005 and faced an aggravated assault charge in 2004.

Swift is currently wanted by police in the July 20 shooting of Burks, which occurred when the NBA player and several other individuals were accosted in Memphis by at least two armed men.

Vincent Williams, 44, was also shot in the incident that has left Burks, 29, in serious condition.

The Commercial Appeal said an arrest warrant was issued for Swift, who faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated robbery, and possessing a gun while committing a dangerous felony.