Suspect charged with murder in stabbing death near Sonic

Suspect charged with murder in stabbing death near Sonic

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis police are investigating a stabbing near the Sonic on Covington Pike.

One man was stabbed multiple times at a nearby location and was able to reach the business to call for help.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

As MPD officers arrived at the scene, the suspect approached officers to surrender. Officers also noticed he had what appeared to be blood on the front of his clothing.

Police took 21-year-old Markell Austin into custody and charged him with first-degree murder.

Markell Austin, 21 (Source: SCSO)
Markell Austin, 21 (Source: SCSO) (Source: WMC Action News 5)

Austin told officers he stabbed the victim after asking for a cigarette.

After he stabbed the victim, Austin ran away towards the Gateway Tire Company, dumping the knife into a garbage can.

The victim has not yet been identified.

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