MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Charges have been filed against the man who is accused of killing a University of Memphis nursing student who went missing a day before his graduation last month.
Police have charged 22-year-old Vincent Patterson in the death of BarShay Wilson who was found dead in Arlington on Dec. 12.
His body was located about 75 yards from a burning Chevy Camaro off Highway 70 in Arlington, TN. Wilson’s ID was found inside the vehicle. Police said he had been shot multiple times and was pronounced on the scene.
According to a police report, officers initially received a call from Wilson’s mother that he had left home saying he was going to a party with friends that Friday. However, she later received a call later from his friend saying he walked out of her home and did not return.
A friend told police Wilson had been at her apartment approximately 15 minutes before he received a phone call and walked outside. She said she looked outside shortly afterwards, but Wilson was gone. His car was still parked outside.
The friend explained to investigators she was able to track his phone location. It showed that he was on the interstate near Arlington but friends looked in the area and couldn’t find anything.
Police were able to identify Patterson as a person of interest in this case through a combination of witness interviews, video surveillance, and phone records.
Once in police custody, MPD said that Patterson waived his Miranda Rights and told them that he and another man shot Wilson, took his marijuana and set the Camaro on fire after dumping Wilson’s body nearby.
On Friday, Patterson was charged with first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery, and tampering with evidence.
Patterson is scheduled to appear in court on Monday. WREG asked police if anyone else would be charged, and they declined to say at this time.
This is a breaking news story. WREG is updating this page as more information becomes available.