Memphis man charged with killing pregnant girlfriend waives hearing - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis man charged with killing pregnant girlfriend waives hearing

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis man charged with double murder in the death of his pregnant girlfriend and her fetus waived a preliminary hearing in court Tuesday.

Tarence Nelson is accused of killing his girlfriend in her home on September 25th.  Tonya Johnson was a teacher at Brownsville Elementary School.  She was also eight months pregnant, with a viable fetus.

After court, her family declined comment through Victims to Victory, a group dedicated to helping loved ones heal.

"It's too new and so fresh," the group's Yvonne Becton said. "You know, they're just beginning to start counseling. So it's really rough for them right now."

Nelson was scheduled in court for a preliminary hearing.  Instead he waived that hearing, effectively sending the case out of General Sessions court and into Criminal Court.

Prosecutor Karen Cook said she was ready to present only enough evidence to prove a crime was committed and that Nelson likely did it.  Now, she must wait it out.

"I've got to get the state report and everything from the Sheriff's Department," she said. "And then we'll write up our indictments (and) submit it to the grand jury."

Ultimately the grand jury will decide, while Tarence Nelson sits in jail accused of killing his girlfriend and her baby.

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