Tennessee

Man charged with killing officer trying to hire lawyer

  • Shelby County Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Nichols talks to members of the media following the video arraignment of Justine Welch on Monday, June 6, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. Welch is charged with shooting multiple people and then fatally striking a Memphis police officer with a stolen car. (Mike Brown/The Commercial Appeal via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Shelby County Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Nichols talks to members of the media following the video arraignment of Justine Welch on Monday, June 6, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. Welch is charged with shooting multiple people and then fatally striking a Memphis police officer with a stolen car. (Mike Brown/The Commercial Appeal via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Justine Welch makes a video arraignment appearance before Judge Louis Montesi Jr. on Monday, June 6, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. Welch is charged with shooting multiple people and then fatally striking a Memphis police officer with a stolen car. (Mike Brown/The Commercial Appeal via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Justine Welch makes a video arraignment appearance before Judge Louis Montesi Jr. on Monday, June 6, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. Welch is charged with shooting multiple people and then fatally striking a Memphis police officer with a stolen car. (Mike Brown/The Commercial Appeal via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

A 21-year-old man charged with shooting three people and then fatally striking a Memphis police officer with a stolen car said he intends to hire an attorney in his case.

Justine Welch appeared before a judge by video on Monday morning. Welch said his family was working on hiring a lawyer, and the judge set a Wednesday hearing to find out who the lawyer is.

Welch is being held without bond on charges including first-degree murder, vehicular homicide and attempted first-degree murder.

Police said the three people were shot in two downtown Memphis locations on Saturday night, but they survived. Police said 46-year-old Officer Verdell Smith, who was working with other officers to clear the area, died after being hit by Welch, who was fleeing in the stolen car.