Memphis police have arrested the grandson of a popular deejay killed Wednesday, charging him with first-degree murder.
Dee “Cap’n Pete” Henderson, who hosted a blues show on WEVL for 26 years, was found shot to death in the backyard of his home at 1040 Fields Wednesday morning. He was 72.
Police arrested Cortez Thomas, 30, about 1 p.m. Wednesday and booked him into jail later that night.
“Oh my God, no he didn’t,” said Henderson’s girlfriend, Jessie Mae Ayers, who knew the blues lover for more than 20 years.
Police developed Thomas as a suspect after he gave conflicting statements over his whereabouts at the time of the killing.
Police determined that Thomas got a gun and shot his grandfather in the back while Henderson was working in the yard.
Thomas has an arrest history that includes drug charges and criminal trespass.
Henderson’s wake will be from 3-6:30 p.m. July 25 at N.J. Ford and Sons Funeral Home. Services will be at noon July 26 at the Cathedral of God Holy Word Temple, 1110 Faxon.
The 20th annual Blues on the Bluff fundraiser at the National Ornamental Metal Museum Saturday will serve as a memorial of sorts for Henderson.