MPD: Man says he stabbed girlfriend, locked door, left her to die

Updated: Nov. 21, 2016 at 10:51 AM CST
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Datel Taylor (Source: SCSO)
Datel Taylor (Source: SCSO)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man is behind bars, accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death inside an apartment.

Yvette Joiner, 33, was found stabbed to death in the apartment on North Evergreen Street.

According to the police report, witnesses said Joiner was last seen alive on November 10 with her boyfriend, Datel Taylor, and that Taylor had not been back at the home since then.

On November 20, Taylor's uncle told police he received a letter from Taylor, who was in jail at the time. Investigators learned Taylor was arrested on November 12.

Investigators brought Taylor to the homicide office and asked him about Joiner's death. Taylor told officers he stabbed Joiner with an knife after an argument and left her bleeding on the floor. He said he then locked the door with her keys so no one would find her.

Taylor is charged with first-degree murder.

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