Woman involved in Phil Trenary case back behind bars on new attempted first-degree murder charge

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – The woman who was charged at age 16 with the 2018 murder of Memphis Chamber CEO Phil Trenary is back behind bars after a shooting in May.

Although her charge of first degree murder as a minor has since been dropped, Ricanisha Wright, now 20, has a new felony charge on her record.

Wright has been charged with attempted first-degree murder after police say she flagged down a car, allowing her brother to shoot a man in Castalia Heights.

On May 12, Memphis police responded to a shooting on S. Cooper Street where they found an unconscious man who was shot in the back while inside his car.

He was later transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

Five days later, the victim was able to provide an official statement to investigators. He told police that the day before the shooting, he got into a fight over money with a woman and her brother he knew from the neighborhood. This woman was later identified as Wright.

He said the argument led to a physical altercation.

The next day he saw Wright again, vigorously waving at him on the street as he drove his car. Wright was accompanied by her brother, he said.

He told police he was startled by this and slowed the car down. When he did, he said the brother pulled a handgun from his belt and opened fire on his car, resulting in him being hit in the back.

Prior to the interview, Wright had been developed as a possible suspect in the shooting.

Investigators showed the victim a series of photos, in which he was able to identify Wright as the person who reported him while he was driving, giving the shooter time to open fire on his vehicle.

The charges against the shooter are not known at this time and it is likely that he is a minor.

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