Police: Woman charged with murder after man’s body found stuffed in tote in closet

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A woman was charged with first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse in connection with a body found in the Medical District last week, and the details are shocking.

Tkeyah Fullilove, 26, was arrested Tuesday, Memphis Police announced.

Police said they were called to the Lema Place property after a witness called 911 reporting a strong smell coming from a bedroom closet. When they arrived they found a decomposed body wrapped in a plastic tote.

That victim was later identified as Stephen Carter. He had reportedly been stabbed multiple times and was hit in the head before he died.

His roommate T'keyah Fullilove later confessed to the murder but didn't provide a motive, police said.

Tomond Deberry, a neighbor by the house, was disturbed by what police said happened. Deberry assumed his neighbor was in the hospital after he had not seen him for a month, but the truth is much more difficult to accept.

"I heard his body was in the house for like two weeks, which is 14 days, and they smelt the odor," Deberry said.

Deberry recognized Fullilove as a woman who lived in the house. He said she and the victim often argued about money.

"That's all she was after is his money," Deberry said. "When she don't get money, she gets angry and gets aggressive."

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