LIVE: District Lawyer to talk on Pervis Payne loss of life penalty attraction

LIVE: District Attorney to speak on Pervis Payne death penalty appeal

Posted: Jul 30, 2020 / 01:56 PM CDTUpdated: Jul 30, 2020 / 01:58 PM CDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich will speak at a press conference at 2 p.m. Thursday on the death penalty appeal of a Millington man convicted more than 30 years ago.

Pervis Payne, 53, was convicted of fatally stabbing Charisse Christopher and her daughter Lacie by stabbing them to death at their Millington apartment in 1987. They also said he stabbed Charisse’s 3-year-old son Nicholas, who survived. 

Payne claims he tried to help the victims. He said he was visiting his girlfriend when he heard screams from the nearby apartment. Potkin said Payne got scared and ran when police arrived.

Payne’s attorneys filed a request recently asking that a bag of bloody bed sheets be tested for DNA. The sheets were found by federal public defenders who searched through Shelby County evidence storage in December 2019.

Weirich issued a statement July 22 saying that her office was reviewing the allegations in the petition and preparing a response.

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