Son charged with killing father, possibly removing leg

By Jason Miles - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - News of 59-year-old Ivory Black's death is still sinking in at Blooming Scholars Child Care Center, where Black drove a bus everyday for the past two years.

"Can't believe somebody would hurt him because he's such a good person," coworker Carolyn Hall said Monday.  "I just really can't believe it."

Equally unbelievable is the manner in which Black died.  Court records say he was shot, stabbed, and was found with his right leg amputated at the knee.

Black's daughter discovered his body last Thursday inside the family's home on Santa Cove in Whitehaven.  His 23-year-old son, Jeremy, was in custody within a day, and charged with first degree murder by the end of the weekend.

"It's hard to digest it," said coworker Yvette Simpson.  "I mean, cause he was such a good person. I mean, you wouldn't think a person would be able to do that to him."

No one recalls any problems between Black and his son.  Maurice Wooten spoke with both of them the day before the murder.

"I was working in the yard and they both came over and we talked," he said.

Police say Jeremy Black told a relative he killed his father for his mother and sister but gave no other details about why or how he did it.

"I don't want to estimate or guess what happened," Wooten said.  "It was just a sad, tragic thing and something that shouldn't happen to a good man."

There is no information about whether Mr. Black's leg was removed before or after his death.  Meanwhile, Action News 5 found no previous reports of domestic violence at the family's home.  Neighbors say no one has been there since the murder.

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