Officials say liaison with prostitute led to murder - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Officials say liaison with prostitute led to murder

Jeremy Stevenson (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Department) Jeremy Stevenson (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Department)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Shelby County Sheriff's detectives say a liaison with a prostitute led to the robbery and murder of a man in last week in Northaven.

According to Shelby County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Steve Shular, deputies arrested Jeremy Stevenson, 19, of Memphis and a 17-year-old girl just before 5 p.m. Monday.

Early Thursday evening, Kerry Collins, 48, of Memphis, was found shot to death in the front seat of his car in the 4900 block of Ruthie Cove.  Detectives believe Stevenson orchestrated a scheme to lure Collins to the neighborhood to have sex with the teenager.  According to investigators, after Collins met the girl at an abandoned home in the neighborhood, Stevenson robbed Collins and shot him multiple times inside his Buick Skylark. 

Collins died at the scene.

Deputies charged Jeremy Stevenson with first degree murder, especially aggravated robbery, and unlawful possession of a weapon.  He is being held without bond.

Meanwhile, the teenaged girl was taken to Memphis Juvenile Court and charged with prostitution.  Officials say her involvement in the scheme is still under investigation.

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