MEMPHIS, TN— A police chase ended with a crash and the discovery of a body in north Memphis. Police officers were called to the 200 block of Chelsea about 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 28, 2011. They were told a suspect had killed his girlfriend, 19-year-old Jennette Corria, and her body was inside his 2007 Ford 500. Police say the man had a weapon and refused to pull over after they turned on their blue lights and sirens.
The chase started at the April Woods Apartments. Nagasha Johnson lives there. She said she saw the young couple arguing one day before Corria was killed.
"When I came home about 3 in the morning I got in the door and he was arguing. She said something about him hitting her. They were just arguing back and fourth,” said Johnson.
When officers tried to pull over the 19-year-old man, he took off. The chase ended about one mile south of the complex. He crashed at the corner of Lauderdale and Alabama in downtown Memphis. When police checked inside the car, they found the woman dead in the floor of the backseat. Neighbors couldn’t believe it.
"We have security around here at night so I haven't had any problems since I've been here but that's the first time hearing something about that,” said Chaquita Adams who lives in the complex.
Police are not saying where the victim was killed or how she died. Neighbors also say there have been three other domestic violence cases at the apartment complex over the past several years, all ending with someone dead. Police have not released the names of the suspect or the victim. The man is in custody and no charges have been filed at this time.