Man indicted for murder in deadly stabbing outside a local Sonic


(SHELBY COUNTY D.A. NEWS RELEASE) – A 22-year-old man has been indicted on first-degree murder charges in the unprovoked stabbing death of a Raleigh man earlier this year at a drive-in fast-food restaurant, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.

Defendant Markell Austin is being held without bond in the Shelby County Jail.

Police said that around 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 this year, Austin approached Cortez Brown outside the Sonic Drive-In at 3540 Covington Pike and stabbed him repeatedly. Brown, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Austin was taken into custody nearby a short time later, and the bloody knife was recovered.

The case is being handled by the DA’s Crime Strategies Prosecution Unit which incorporates and expands the work of the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, the Organized Crime Unit, Project Safe Neighborhood/Gundone, GunStat, the Safe Streets Task Force and the Violent Crime Unit.

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