Kentucky teen charged with 2nd-degree murder: told victim’s mother she stabbed him in the jugular

19-year-old Harley Berry was charged with second-degree murder after fleeing the scene of the stabbing death of Elijah McQuery. The victim’s mother told authorities Berry admitted to stabbing her son in the jugular during an argument.

On May 30th, Memphis Police were dispatched to 977 Sheridan Street in regard to a stabbing. According to the affidavit, officers found Elijah McQuery in the front yard. He had been stabbed in the neck and torso and sustained lacerations to his forearm. Memphis Fire Department Ambulance transported McQuery to Regional One Trauma and it was there he was pronounced deceased by Dr. Bee at 1:01 a.m.

Multiple witnesses told officers that Harley Berry and Keana Ross had fled the scene after the incident. Cornelius Jaggers and Daniel Wesley identified Harley Berry from a pictorial line up as the individual who was in a verbal altercation with McQuery when he was stabbed. McQuery’s own mother Heather Brown told MPD Sergeant McMinn that Berry called her admitting to the stabbing. Keana Ross, who left the scene with Berry, contacted the Elizabethtown, Kentucky Police Department and told EPD Detective Haire she had observed Berry with a knife and that she had indeed stabbed McQuery.

On May 31st, Harley Berry was arrested and charged with second degree murder. She is currently jailed in lieu of a $250,000 bond.

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