Defendant Markell Austin is being held without bond in the Shelby County Jail.
Police said that around 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 this year, Austin approached Cortez Brown outside the Sonic Drive-In at 3540 Covington Pike and stabbed him repeatedly. Brown, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Austin was taken into custody nearby a short time later, and the bloody knife was recovered.
The case is being handled by the DA’s Crime Strategies Prosecution Unit which incorporates and expands the work of the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, the Organized Crime Unit, Project Safe Neighborhood/Gundone, GunStat, the Safe Streets Task Force and the Violent Crime Unit.