Man accused of killing girlfriend in New Year’s Day homicide

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - It's just a few hours into the New Year and Shelby County deputies are already investigating their first homicide of 2018.

Deputies say a "domestic dispute" ended with a woman being shot and killed early this morning.

The shooting happened on Ragan Farm Drive not far from Crumpler and East Holmes Road.

31-year-old Corry Merriweather is charged with first-degree murder and reckless endangerment.

He's accused of killing his girlfriend, 29-year-old Chandra Mays, at his home.

One neighbor says he's not surprised by Merriweather's actions.

"From the little I do know about him, I wouldn't say he's a nice guy."

The neighbor didn't want to be identified, but he tells WREG Merriweather didn't make a good impression.

"He was just a suspicious character. He really was, and he wouldn't work," the neighbor said.

Deputies say Mays was visiting her boyfriend when she was shot and killed.

They found Mays with a gunshot wound and ruled the shooting a homicide.

It's still unclear what led to the shooting and if the incident happened inside the home.

But just hours into the New Year, a neighbor says he heard several gunshots.

"Initially I heard three, but if my memory serves me right I heard several more after that," the neighbor said.

The news of Mays' death began to spread like wildfire Monday afternoon.

"I was in disbelief. I couldn't believe it, but I didn't really know him like that. Hey, it's crazy out here man," said neighbor Glenn Smith.

Shelby County authorities are now investigating their first homicide of 2018. There were only five homicides in the county last year.

"It's very disheartening, but what can you do. It's a great area, but neighborhoods are what you make it. It's not about where you are, it's about who's in the neighborhood," Smith said.

"Any place could be great, it's just all about the people."

WREG will continue to follow this story and keep you updated."