19-year-old woman charged with murder in Frayser man’s death


Kyah Austin

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 19-year-old woman has been charged with first-degree murder and especially aggravated robbery in the death of a man found dead in his Frayser home Dec. 6, Memphis Police said Tuesday.

James Milliken, 68, was found dead in his home in the 2700 block of Range Line Road at 6:10 p.m. He was shot multiple times, police said.

Kyah Austin faces three charges related to the crime. Her bond hadn’t been set Wednesday.

Police took Austin in for questioning after witnesses told them that she was last seen at Milliken’s home around the time of his death.

According to police, Austin waived her Miranda Rights and admitted that she and three other suspects planned Milliken’s robbery, and that she participated in and benefited from the robbery.

The other suspects have not been identified.

For nearly two weeks, neighbors in Frayser wondered in fear who shot Milliken.

“I was pretty nervous about it. You think about home invasion or something you know,” neighbor Kenneth Kinsey said. “It is sad. He was supposed to be a nice guy.”

Milliken’s friends told us off camera just how nice he was, always opening his home to others, even helping pay their bills when needed.

They said Austin knew him and had been over to his house before, though it’s not clear exactly how they knew one another. They think someone took advantage of his kind spirit and killed him.

“Sounds like it was somebody he knew, so it’s not any better but it’s a little different,” Kinsey said.

But it’s made others keep their safety on the forefront.

“It’s a pretty rough area,” Kinsey said. “You just have to stay aware of everything and everything around you.”

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