MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – A Memphis man is charged after police say he admitted to trying to steal an Xbox he had agreed to buy from the victim, but ended up dragging the man to his death.
Quatereus Murphy is charged with first degree murder in perpetration of theft.
Police say Murphy met the victim Marqwanionus Newell about 7:40 a.m. Thursday in the 600 block of Adams to buy an Xbox Newell was selling for $160. During questioning, police say Murphy admitted he didn’t have the money, and tried to drive off with the Xbox.
Police say Murphy told investigators Newell grabbed the driver door, and so Murphy took off scared, dragging Newell along the ground. Police say Murphy told them he hit the brakes and struck another car, and that’s when Newell let go of the door.
Newell was taken to Regional One, where he died from his injuries.
Police say Murphy was driving his girlfriend’s car at the time, and he turned himself in to police after investigators spoke with her. Investigators also say witnesses identified Murphy as the driver who was dragging Newell and ran from the scene.