MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Just two weeks before Christmas, a man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend.
According to the arrest affidavit, Brandon Freeman, 24, confessed to shooting and killing Keosha Miller just before 7 p.m. Saturday at the Faronia Square Apartments in Whitehaven.
Court records show Freeman told police he did it because he didn’t know if the baby was his and wanted out of the relationship.
"My family told me, they said they heard some arguing down that way and they heard one gunshot and another went off," said neighbor Tevin Guy.
Police said Miller was shot repeatedly outside her apartment and found face down on the ground.
"And she was pregnant, too? I don't even know, it's crazy," Guy said.
Investigators said Freeman initially told police some "random guys" tried to shoot the couple and hit Miller, but later admitted he killed her.
"It's sad to hear. I hate that happened to her, "Guy said. "It's too close to home, you know?"
Court records show Miller was three months pregnant and that Freeman told police he wasn't even sure if he was the father, and that killing her was, "the easiest way he could think of to get out of the relationship."
"I mean, he didn't have to kill her," Guy said. "He could have just said, 'I don't want to be in a relationship,' you know? Plain and simple."
Investigators say Freeman took off after the shooting, then came back to the scene a few minutes later and moved evidence before police got there.
Prior to Saturday night, the 24-year-old had no criminal record in Shelby County.
Police announced Sunday morning that Freeman had been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday at 9 a.m.