A man stabbed his teenage half-sister to death then stuffed her remains in a bag and left them in a trash can. Why he killed, though, has never been exactly clear.
Recently, a Colorado judge sentenced Darseasn Kelley to 27 years in prison for the murder of his half-sister in 2020. Kelley pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the death of Marnee Kelley-Mills.
On Jan. 23, 2020, police in Denver responded to Troy Street and found the victim lying dead next to a trash can, according to KDVR.
The victim’s mom said she got a call from the teen’s school to say she wasn’t in class, according to the report. The mom returned home and saw a stain in the driveway and noticed the trash can were moved.
She looked inside the trash cans and found a duffel bag that had Kelley-Mills’ remains, according to KDVR.
The mom, Vicky Lewis, spoke to CBS 4 shortly after the murder and said she also found garbage from Kelley’s room in the bag.
"He killed my daughter today while I was at work and she was on her way to school," Lewis told the TV station.
- He was mad at his daughter's drug use. So he killed her and left pieces of her remains in trash bags.
- She thought she was going to celebrate her birthday. Instead, she was found beaten and her throat slit.
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Lewis said her son had schizophrenia and that she tried everything they could to manage his condition. But it was difficult. Witnesses reported hearing Kelley argue with his half-sister, but there was no word on what they fought about.
"I just am in this vicious cycle of mental health issues. I can't get help for my oldest son," Lewis told CBS 4.
A doorbell camera caught a man dragging a black bag and putting it in the can, according to reports. The man was identified as Kelly.
After the sentencing, Denver District Attorney Beth McCann released a statement about the case.
“Along with the court, I offer my condolences to this family who have suffered greatly from this tragedy,” she said.
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