Marshals arrest man accused of killing estranged wife in front of her children

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Marshals Arrest Man In Tennessee, Accused Of Killing Estranged Wife In Front Of Her Children

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The man accused of killing a Tennessee woman in front of her children in downtown Memphis has been arrested, officials said.

Michael McKinnie was arrested about 4 p.m. Tuesday in connection with the deadly shooting of Latarica Stripling, 32, on April 25.

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According to the U.S. Marshals Service, McKinnie was found by officers in the 8000 block of Whispering Elm nearly two weeks after investigators said he shot and killed his estranged wife in downtown Memphis.

The shooting happened around 11 p.m. in the 700 block of Kentucky Street.

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Witnesses told WHBQ that they came outside after hearing gunshots and saw Stripling lying in the parking lot. Police pronounced her dead at the scene – and witnesses said her children saw the shooting unfold.

At the time, police said the shooting was the result of a possible domestic situation. A day later, a warrant was issued for Michael McKinnie on charges of first-degree murder, reckless endangerment and convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

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A look into McKinnie's criminal record revealed several incidents in the past. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation sent WHBQ a list of the charges.

He was added to the Mid-South Most Wanted list last week following the murder warrant.

Last week, family and friends gathered for a vigil to remember Stripling, a mother of three and a small business owner in the area.

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WHBQ spoke with Stripling's daughter and two sisters before the vigil.

“You hurt me,” said 8-year-old Peighton Stripling.

That was Peighton’s message to Michael McKinnie, the man accused of shooting and killing the child’s mother.

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