Son charged in brutal stabbing death - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Son charged in brutal stabbing death

Brian Ryan (Courtesy: Memphis Police) Brian Ryan (Courtesy: Memphis Police)

Reported by Kontji Anthony and Janice Broach

Memphis Police are investigating a deadly stabbing that happened late Monday night in Raleigh.

It is a crime hard for many people to understand. A son charged with first degree murder, accused of stabbing his mother multiple times in her Raleigh home. It's was home with bloody hand prints on the wall next to the front door.

Police said Brian Ryan, 25, called them just after 9:30 p.m. Monday and said when he arrived home, he found his mother had been stabbed multiple times.

"We arrived here and did find a body inside," said Memphis Police Inspector Rogers Prewitt.

A short time later, Ryan was taken into custody for questioning by police.   Tuesday, he was charged with first degree murder.

The victim was identified as Myrtis Askew.

A neighbor, who would only identify himself as 'DJ,' said the house was often a center of activity.

"All kinds of stuff going on," DJ said.  "Sometimes I'm used to it.  Sometimes it be like, I don't know."

DJ did not know the Askews, but has witnessed up to a dozen teens hanging out at the victim's house at any given time.

"I see a lot of people over there in the area all the time," he said.

Relatives say Myrtis Askew was a retired FedEx employee who had recently gone back to work for a phone company.

Police say her son stabbed her to death in front of horrified relatives.

"Just a family issue going on. We have not details of why he would want to do such a thing," says Askew's cousin, Tangie Moore.

Police say Brian Ryan's mother did not want him living in her home. "It had been ongoing away from home back home away from home. It had been an ongoing saga," says Lt. Joe Scott with Memphis Police Department.

According to an arrest report, Ryan argued with his mother over moving out and getting a job.

Ryan said he couldn't take it anymore and he got a knife from the kitchen and stabbed his mother multiple times. The report says Ryan said "I killed my Mother."

Police say Ryan ran out of the house and threw the knife in the neighbors trash can. Police recovered it later.

Family members who were at Askew's home when the argument started called police who arrested Ryan.

"This is a very horrible tragedy to our family. With the Lord's help, we'll make it," adds Moore.

Prewitt said Memphis Police have not responded to calls at the home in the past, but described the scene inside the home when police arrived Monday as "brutal."

Askew's death was the 132nd murder in Memphis in 2007.

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