Three charged in kidnapping & murder

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Memphis, Tenn. — A woman and two men are in jail in connection with a brutal murder that crossed nearly the entire city of Memphis.

According to court records, Markius Howard and Jerry Townsel got into an argument with Allen Bernard Saturday night at Austin Peay & Covington Pike.

Police say Howard and Townsel beat Bernard, then loaded him into an SUV driven by Tasha Donley.

Investigators say Donley drove across the city as the two men continued to beat Bernard and Bernard begged to be released.

Police say the three dumped Bernard’s body Sunday morning on Double Tree Rd. in Southwest Memphis, more than 20 miles away from where he was taken.