Man accused in 74-year-old woman’s murder taken into custody

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The man accused of killing one person and injuring two others in South Memphis over the weekend has been taken into custody, the Memphis Police Department announced.

Kelvin Nelson, 54, was charged with first-degree murder, especially aggravated burglary and two counts of attempted first-degree murder after his arrest on Thursday.

According to police, Nelson stabbed and killed 74-year-old Katrina Webster in the 1400 block of Compton on February 9. Two others were injured.

Police haven’t said what lead up to the deadly attack, but they do believe the victims knew Nelson.

According to court documents, Nelson is a registered sex offender. In October 2019, an arrest warrant was issued for Nelson after he was accused of sexual battery involving an under-aged girl.

At that time, officers noted they were investigating a similar case involving Nelson while he was selling purses. Nelson was also wanted for assault and theft of property.

On February 4, another warrant was issued for Nelson on charges that he violated the sex offender registry act.

Nelson is set to appear in court on Monday, February 17.

The family of Katrina Webster has set up a GoFundMe page to help with burial costs. Webster’s family tells WREG she leaves behind her daughter, son and two grandkids.

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