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Arrest made in murder of Ridgeway coach

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Nineteen-year-old Dwyane Moore has been charged with first degree murder in the Feb. 22 death of Ridgeway High School coach and former semi-pro basketball player Jimmy McClain.

Moore was arrested on March 5 and was charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property. He allegedly stole an A-R 15 and ammunition.

On Tuesday, Moore was charged with Mr. McCalin's murder. He is being held in the Shelby County jail on a $2 million bond.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office will hold a news conference Wednesday at 9 a.m. to discuss the arrest.

Detectives working on a welfare check went to a Cordova address on the 7600 block of Cordova Club Drive just after 10 a.m., on Feb. 22. When they arrived on the scene,  they entered and found the 49-year-old McClain, who lived at the residence, deceased inside. According to an acquaintance, McClain had not been seen or heard from for the past two days.

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Neighbors who knew Mr. McClain said they have had a tough time sleeping in the wake of his death.

"It was nerve racking, especially when you have young kids and when it's right at your doorstep because you begin to wonder if somebody is lurking in the neighborhood," said Carl Tate.

Tate's mind was put at ease after hearing the news that Moore had been charged in Mr. McClain's murder.

"It makes me feel safe again," he said.

Mr. McClain was a teacher and coach at Ridgeway High School, as well as a religious minister.

Mr. McClain attained personal successes as a popular high school teacher and coach at Ridgeway, and was a dedicated minister at the Johnson Street Church of Christ in Benton, Ark.

But, even with his lightning speed, tenacity and will to win on the court, in a sport where size counts, Mr. McClain's status as a "tweener" at 6-foo-4 kept him from finding a coveted slot in the National Basketball Association.

Shelby County Sheriff homicide detectives still have not released a cause of death, only that they were treating Mr. McClain's death as a homicide.

Tate says he hopes he and his neighbors will learn the answers to the many questions they've had since their neighbor's death.

"I wonder what really happened to such a great person," he said. "He was an excellent person to me, very nice young man. Very nice guy."

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FOX13 News reporter Kristin Tallent contributed to this report.

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