Man due in court after accused killing of estranged wife in front of her kids

Man due in court after accused killing of estranged wife in front of her kids

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Memphis man accused of killing his estranged wife in front of her children is expected in court Thursday.

Michael McKinnie is accused of killing LaTarica Stripling outside of an apartment complex downtown before hiding out nearly two weeks before his arrest.

Yolanda Stripling, LaTarica’s mother said she doesn’t want another family to be affected by domestic violence like hers was.

McKinnie was arrested in 2017 for aggravated assault. According to a police report, LaTarica told police McKinnie strangled her until she passed out and said, "I told you I was going to kill you today."

Soon after Stripling's death, a warrant for McKinnie's arrest was issued for first-degree murder.

Mother's murder shed lights on DV problem

Her family said she left McKinnie two months ago. Since her death, other victims of domestic violence have been reaching out to family.

"One young lady sent me a picture of her face the day after when I posted," Yolanda Stripling said. "She said, 'This is what I'm going through.' She said, 'You don't know me, but your story has helped me.'"

According to TBI statistics, 47 percent of female homicide victims in Tennessee were killed by their husband or boyfriend, including 40 percent in Shelby County.

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