HomeCrimeWoman killed ex's roommate in mistaken identity murder: Cops

Woman killed ex’s roommate in mistaken identity murder: Cops

Kiauna Newsom (Shelby County Sheriff

Kiauna Newsom (Shelby County Sheriff’s Office)

A 29-year-old woman in Tennessee was arrested over the weekend for allegedly killing her ex-boyfriend’s roommate, shooting the other man multiple times in what authorities say was a fatal case of mistaken identity.

Kiauna Newsom was taken into custody on Sunday and charged with one count of first-degree murder in the slaying of George Harris, court documents obtained by Law&Crime show.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, officers with the Memphis Police Department at about 1:53 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, responded to a call in regard to a shooting outside of a residence in the 5400 block of Apple Blossom Drive. Upon arriving at the scene, first responders said they located an unresponsive Harris inside of a parked Chevy Malibu.

He appeared to be suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and authorities said they saw four bullet holes in the driver’s side door of the vehicle. Emergency medical personnel transported Harris to Regional One Health where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators obtained surveillance footage from a nearby camera which allegedly showed footage of the fatal shooting.

The video allegedly showed a gray Nissan Altima with “unique body damage” following the Malibu “a short time before the shooting.” The driver of the Altima was said to be an adult female wearing a white V-neck T-shirt.

Police interviewed Harris’ roommate, who is also Newsom’s ex-boyfriend, and he told detectives he was the owner of the Malibu Harris was in when he was killed. He said that he had just let Harris borrow the car.

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