Man charged with first-degree murder for July homicide

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Terrell Denton By Andrew Michalscheck Terrell Denton By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Phoenix Police have identified the man they believe is responsible for killing an 18-year-old Valley resident back in July.

Authorities have charged Terrell Denton, 20, with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting Dewight Westbrook the night of July 9.

Westbrook and a group of friends were walking to a McDonalds in the area of 6800 South 51st Ave. when Denton reportedly ran through a field, approached Westbrook from behind, and then shot him multiple times.

According to police, Denton was attempting to join a gang and wanted to demonstrate his willingness to commit a crime.

Authorities said they believe Denton killed Westbrook because he lived in another neighborhood.

Denton was already behind bars on unrelated aggravated assault charges. Detectives have now added a first-degree murder charge.