Memphis man arrested for allegedly killing a couple who they let him stay in their home, police said

Source: Shelby County jail; MEGA

Feb. 24 2022, Published 11:09 a.m. ET

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A houseguest was told to move out of a home, and instead, he shot the couple he was living with, prosecutors said.

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Michael Barkley, 34, was indicted this week on two counts of first-degree murder and is being held without bond, according to prosecutors in Shelby County, Tennessee.

The shootings happened around 4 a.m. on Sept. 19 at home in Memphis, Tennessee, according to prosecutors.

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Barkley had been living in the residence with Leander Maxwell, 38, and his wife, Keisha Marshall, 33, according to prosecutors.

Investigators said Barkley was told he would have to move out by the end of the month.

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Barkley allegedly walked into the couple’s bedroom that morning and began shooting, hitting Maxwell twice and Marshall four times, prosecutors claimed.

The victims ran from the house, but Marshall collapsed on the sidewalk. Maxwell made it to a nearby gas station, where he asked the owner to call police.

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The victims were taken to hospitals, where they died a few hours later.

Barkley was identified as a suspect and was arrested that same morning at a relative’s home in the 600 block of Hudson St. in the Binghampton, Tennessee area.

Source: Shelby County jail; MEGA

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