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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOMICIDES IN NORTH CAROLINA
from January 1 - December 26, 2003 (67 Murders)
 

  1. Date of Murder: January 1, 2003
    Victim name: Robin Reel, 41
    Alleged perpetrator name: Bobby Reel, 42, confessed, arrested
    Relationship: husband
    Town: Charlotte, body found in home
    Murder weapon: knife
     

  2. Date of Murder: January 9, 2003
    Victim name: Reba Chaney
    Alleged perpetrator name: John Chaney, committed suicide
    Relationship: husband
    Town: Lenoir
    Murder weapon: Gun
     

  3. Date of Murder: January 19, 2003
    Victim Name: Kathleen Seyford, 41
    Perpetrator: David Seyford, 43 (committed suicide)
    Relationship: Estranged husband
    Town: killed Wilmington
    Murder weapon: gun
     

  4. Date of Murder: January 21, 2003
    Victim Name: Ricky C. Sanders, Jr., age 24
    Alleged perpetrator name: Tony Ray Holder, age 19
    Relationship: Sanders, brother of Holder's girlfriend
    Killed: Selma
    Murder Weapon: gun
     

  5. Date of Murder: Reported Missing 1/22/03
    Victim Name: Janine Sutphen, age 57
    Alleged perpetrator name: Robert James Petrick, age 49
    Relationship: husband
    Town: Durham, Durham County
    Murder Weapon: drowning
     

  6. Date of Murder: January 23, 2003
    Victim name: Precious Watson, 30
    Alleged perpetrator name: Anthony Gilliam, 45, also shot, considered self defense and he has been released
    Relationship: Live-in partners, 2 children together
    Town: Wilson, in the home, children present
    Murder weapon: Handgun, shot in back
     

  7. Date of Murder: January 27, 2003
    reported missing by husband

    Victim name: Naomi Estes, 44
    Alleged perpetrator name: Aaron Estes, Children’s Minister, 43, confessed, arrested
    Relationship: husband
    County: Cabarrus County, body found in car on farm 1 mile from home
    Murder weapon: Strangulation, blunt trauma to head
     

  8. Date of Murder: January 28, 2003
    Victim name: Nicole Renee Miller, 19
    Alleged perpetrator name: Marquis Julius Jenkins, 18 (arrested in VA trying to flee to NY on bus)
    Relationship: Ex-boyfriend
    Town: Charlotte, body found in apartment
    Murder weapon: Hands (as far as we know – beaten
    beyond recognition)
     

  9. Date of Murder: January 29, 2003
    Victim Name: Shirley Lang, age 44
    Alleged perpetrator name: Daniel Lang, age 51
    Relationship: husband
    Town: Raleigh, Wake County
    Murder Weapon: knife
     

  10. Date of Murder: January 31, 2003
    Victim name: Brenda Kay Shepherd, 46
    Alleged perpetrator name: Ravon Garland, 42 (later arrested)
    Relationship: Ex-boyfriend
    Town: Taylorsville, body found in basement of home
    Murder weapon: 12-guage shotgun
     

  11. Date of Murder: February 2, 2003
    Victim name: Deadra Evette McAllister, 21
    Alleged perpetrator name: Robin Lee Morris, 28, arrested, no bond, has prior convictions for violence, DWI
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Bunnlevel, Harnett County
    Murder weapon: 38 caliber handgun
     

  12. Date of Murder: February 14, 2003
    Victim Name: April Renee Greer, age 20
    Alleged perpetrator name: Jerry Lynn Stuart, age 27
    Relationship: boyfriend
    Town: Mebane
    Murder Weapon: knife
     

  13. Date of Murder: February 26, 2003
    Victim Name: Barbara Collins Ruff, age 29
    Alleged perpetrator name: Rillman Ruff, age 45
    Relationship: estranged husband
    Town: Gastonia, Gaston County
    Murder Weapon: .38 handgun
     

  14. Date of Murder: March 2, 2003
    Victim name: Dennis Lee Haith
    Alleged perpetrator name: Shyrelle Denise Walker
    Relationship: Ex-girlfriend
    Town: Mebane, in home
    Murder weapon: gun
     

  15. Date of Murder: March 3, 2003
    Victim name: Delores Evans, 30
    Alleged perpetrator name: Craig Fields, 28, confessed
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Granville County, in car in front yard of perpetrator
    Murder weapon: knife
     

  16. Date of Murder: March 8, 2003
    Victim name: Joyce Miller Gaddy, 34
    Alleged perpetrator name: Angela Renee Thompson, 32,
    arrested and charged
    Relationship: Partners
    Town: Charlotte, Body found on front lawn
    Murder weapon: gun
     

  17. Date of Murder: March 15, 2003
    Victim name: Deidra Isenhour, 30
    Alleged perpetrator name: Bernard Lineberger, 31, firefighter, committed suicide
    Relationship: Fiancé, 2 year old son nearby
    Town: Hickory, Catawba
    Murder weapon: 32 caliber handgun
     

  18. Date of Murder: March 21, 2003
    Victim name: Nancy Lynn Burchette Medley, 35
    Alleged perpetrator name: Edward Lee Medley, 38
    Relationship: husband
    Town: Wilkes County
    Murder weapon: gun
     

  19. Date of Murder: March 22, 2003
    Victim name: Patricia Whittington, 30
    Alleged perpetrator name: Sammy Lee Whittington, 29,
    admitted killing her
    Relationship: husband
    Town: Harnett county
    Murder weapon: Pipe
     

  20. Date of Murder: March 23, 2003
    Victim name: Dabreau Little, 29 & Terrelle “Tara” Little, 28
    Alleged perpetrator name: Corey Robinson, 27, surrendered to
    police after 2 hour standoff
    Relationship: Boyfriend of 8 years of Terrelle Little
    Town: Rockingham, Richmond County
    Murder weapon: 45 caliber pistol
     

  21. Date of Murder: March 26, 2003
    Victim name: Sherry Denise Evans, 28
    Alleged perpetrator name: Suspect: Antonio Ryals, 23
    County: Durham
    Murder weapon: gun
     

  22. Date of Murder: March 30, 2003
    Victim name: Dena Louise Bailey
    Alleged perpetrator name: Suspect: Ricky Bailey
    Relationship: Estranged husband
    Town: Nash County, found dead in her car on a farm
    Murder weapon: Gun, shot in head and chest
     

  23. Date of Murder: April 4, 2003
    Victim Name: Ross Campbell, 44
    Alleged perpetrator name: Angela Reynolds, 39
    Relationship: girlfriend
    Town: Winston-Salem
    Murder Weapon: knife
     

  24. Date of Murder: April 13, 2003
    Victim Name: Thu Nguyet-Thi Doan, 41
    Alleged perpetrator name: Long Thn Nguyen, 35
    Relationship: husband
    Town: Greensboro
    Murder Weapon: knife
     

  25. Date of Murder: April 23, 2003
    Victim name: Teresa Smith Williams
    Alleged perpetrator name: Lorenzo Duarte, 43
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Hendersonville
    Murder weapon: stabbed in chest
     

  26. Date of Murder: April 24, 2003
    Victim name: Antoinette Rascoe, 29, wife Gerald Knight, 25
    Alleged perpetrator name: Fames Edward Rascoe, 27
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Williamston
    Murder weapon: Gun, at Rascoe residence, 2 year old son present
     

  27. Date of Murder: April 27, 2003
    Victim name: Deputy Toney Clayton Summey, 41
    Alleged perpetrator name: Alexander Charles Polke, 36
    Relationship: Perpetrator being served a warrant by deputy
    Town: Franklinville, Randolph County
    Murder weapon: 45 mm Glock, occurred on front porch of perpetrator’s house
     

  28. Date of Murder: April 27, 2003
    Victim name: Monica Sue Martin, 27
    Alleged perpetrator name: Mike Chirstopher Elmore, 25,
    committed suicide
    Relationship: Boyfriend, used to live together
    Town: Crumpler, Ashe County
    Murder weapon: Gun, in bedroom, 2 children present, 6 and 3
     

  29. Date: April 30, 2003 reported missing, body found April 5, 2003
    Victim: Lisa Strong
    Perpetrator: Clay Curtis
    Relationship: live in boyfriend
    Town: Rutherford County
    Murder weapon: unknown
     

  30. Date of Murder: May 10, 2003
    Victim Name: LaToya Knox Cleveland
    Alleged perpetrator name: Billy Joe Cleveland, age 32
    Relationship: husband
    Rowan County
    Murder Weapon: gun
     

  31. Date of Murder: May 2, 2003
    Victim Name: Tasha Nichols Mack, 27
    Alleged perpetrator name: Derrick Darrell Mack, 24
    Relationship: Estranged Husband
    Town: Charlotte
    Murder Weapon: Knife
     

  32. Date of Murder: May 19, 2003
    Victim Name: Erin Elizabeth Farb, age 43; Ashley Thomas, age 9; male, name David Edward Cooley, age 49
    Alleged perpetrator name: Roderick Morris Farb, age 56
    Relationship: estranged husband
    Orange County
    Murder Weapon: gun
     

  33. Date of Murder: June 6, 2003
    Victim Name: Kathy Bowen, age 47
    Alleged perpetrator name: Billy Ray Bowen, age 59, committed suicide
    Relationship: boyfriend and ex-brother-in-law
    Town: Shelby, Cleveland County
    Murder Weapon: gun
     

  34. Date of Murder: June 15, 2003
    Victim Name: Linda Faye Smith Patterson, age 49
    Alleged perpetrator name: Marion Preston Gillespie, age 50
    Relationship: live in boyfriend
    Cleveland County
    Murder Weapon: butcher knife
     

  35. Date of Murder: June 17, 2003
    Victim Name: Ronnie Ray Hornbuckle, Jr.
    Alleged perpetrator name: Stephanie Lynn Hornbuckle
    Relationship: Wife
    Town: Sylva
    Murder Weapon: gun
     

  36. Date of Murder: June 18, 2003
    Victim Name: Latisha Williamson, age 20
    Alleged perpetrator name: Elisha Williamson, age 27
    Relationship: husband
    Town: Durham, Durham County
    Murder Weapon: Strangulation
     

  37. Date of Murder: June 17, 2002
    Victim name: Alverta Blankenship Dyer Hamby, 67
    Alleged perpetrator name: Ralph Ray Hamby, 48,
    Relationship: husband
    Town: Purlear, Wilkes County
    Murder weapon: gun
     

  38. Date of Murder: July 3, 2003
    Victim Name: Shellica Mendez, age 18
    Alleged perpetrator name: Moises Mendez, age 21, committed suicide
    Relationship: estranged husband
    Town: Mebane, Alamance County
    Murder Weapon: gun
     

  39. Date of Murder: July 8, 2003
    Victim Name: Mary Gladys McMickle, age 80
    Alleged perpetrator name: James Anderson McMickle, 75
    Relationship: estranged husband
    Town: Dobson
    Murder Weapon: gun
     

  40. Date of Murder: July 8, 2003
    Victim Name: Hilma Gaye Acord, 60
    Alleged perpetrator name: James Anderson McMickle, 75
    Relationship: Stepfather
    Town: Dobson
    Murder Weapon: gun
     

  41. Date of Murder: July 10, 2003
    Victim Name: Terry Alisa Strickland, age 41
    Alleged perpetrator name: Dennis Carroll Gwaltney, age 55
    Relationship: boyfriend
    Town: Newton
    Murder Weapon: gun
     

  42. Date of Murder: July 26, 2003
    Victim name: Sidra Johnson, 27
    Alleged perpetrator name: Jacob Comeron, 35
    Relationship: boyfriend
    Town: Winston-Salem, Forsyth County
    Murder weapon: strangulation
    Date of Murder: August 23, 2003
    Victim Name: Nancy Melton Britt, age 49
    Alleged perpetrator name: Myron Keith Britt, age 49
    Relationship: husband
    Town: Lumberton, Robeson County\
    Murder Weapon: handgun
     

  43. Date of Murder: August 27, 2003
    Victim Name: Betty Williams, age 56
    Alleged perpetrator name: Daniel Williams, age 61, committed suicide
    Relationship: husband
    Town: Wake County
    Murder Weapon: handgun
     

  44. Date of Murder: September 11, 2003
    Victim Name: Christina Michelle Lee, 22
    Alleged perpetrator name: Elwood Collins, 25
    Relationship: Live-in boyfriend
    Town: New Bern, Craven Co.
    Murder Weapon: Slashed Throat
     

  45. Date of Murder: September 20, 2003
    Victim name: Jacqueline Gray, 42
    Alleged perpetrator name: James Gray, 42
    Relationship: husband
    Town: Rural Hall, Forsyth County
    Murder weapon: gun
     

  46. Date of Murder: Date: September 24, 2003
    Victim: Mercedes Jimenez, 33
    Perpetrator: Manuel Matta
    Relationship: believed to be married
    Town: Rutherford County, 3 children present during homicide
    Murder weapon: gun and knife, shot twice in head, stabbed in back and in one eye
     

  47. Date of Murder: September 26, 2003
    Victim Name: Guillermina Rosas Maldonado, 46
    Alleged perpetrator name: Arturo Hernandez, III
    Relationship: Live in boyfriend
    Town: Haywood County
    Murder weapon: unknown
     

  48. Date of Murder: October 2, 2003
    Victim Name: Bridgette King Jones
    Alleged perpetrator name: Grady Joseph Wyatt, 39
    Relationship: Live in boyfriend
    Guilford County
    Murder weapon: blow to the head
     

  49. Date of Murder: October 12, 2003
    Victim: Courtney Elizabeth Cleveland
    Perpetrator: Ashala Perez Nishioka, 24, committed suicide
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Mecklenburg County, 3 children present during shooting
    Murder weapon: gun
     

  50. Date of Murder: Abducted on October 13, 2003;
    body found on October 18, 2003

    Victim Name: Latoria "Latoya" Renee Foreman, 21
    Alleged perpetrator name: Donarico Maurice Caudle, 28
    Relationship: Foreman was a friend of Caudle's girlfriend
    Town: Abducted in Wilson Co., body discovered in Nash Co.
    Murder weapon: unknown
     

  51. Date of Murder: October 18, 2003
    Victim Name: Tracy Helms, 25
    Alleged perpetrator name: Michael William Blount, 27
    Relationship: Friend's husband. Tracy was killed trying to protect her friend.
    Town: Monroe, Union County
    Murder weapon: shovel
     

  52. Date of Murder: November 6, 2003
    Victim Name: Loukisha Spears, 30
    Alleged perpetrator name: Maurice Stroud, 26
    Relationship: boyfriend
    Town: Charlotte, Mecklenburg County
    Murder Weapon: gun
     

  53. Date of Murder: November 9, 2003
    Victim Name: Nakevia Harper, age 22
    Alleged perpetrator name: Rodney Warren, age 26, committed suicide
    Relationship: ex-boyfriend
    Town: Greenville, Pitt County
    Murder weapon: gun
     

  54. Date of Murder: November 12, 2003
    Victim Name: Anna Margaret Johnson Knight, age 52
    Alleged perpetrator name: Roy Carliss Knight, age 46
    Relationship: estranged husband
    Town: Charlotte, Mecklenburg County
    Murder weapon: acid
     

  55. Date of Murder: November 20, 2003
    Victim Name: Nina Foster, age 41
    Alleged perpetrator name: Linwood Arnold Cobb, age 46
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town:
    Murder weapon: gun
     

  56. Date of Murder: November 20, 2003
    Victim Name: Wendy Blackmore
    Alleged perpetrator name: Sean Moore
    Relationship: Coworker
    Town: Clinton, Sampson County
    Murder weapon: gun
     

  57. Date of Murder: November 23, 2003
    Victim Name: Brian Braswell
    Alleged perpetrator name: Gerrald Larry Braswell
    Relationship: Father
    Town: Gastonia
    Murder Weapon: knife, killed son while he was trying to
    protect mother
     

  58. Date of Murder: December 7, 2003
    Victim Name: Charlene Lynch, age 35
    Alleged perpetrator name: Gary Neal Lynch, age 37, committed suicide
    Relationship: Estranged husband
    Town: Nash
    Murder weapon: gun
     

  59. Date of Murder: December 7, 2003
    Victim Name: Darwood Lynch, age 10
    Alleged perpetrator name: Gary Neal Lynch, age 37, committed suicide
    Relationship: Father
    Town: Nash
    Murder weapon: gun
     

  60. Date of Murder: December 7, 2003
    Victim Name: Larry Lynch, age 41
    Alleged perpetrator name: Gary Neal Lynch, age 37, committed suicide
    Relationship: No relation
    Town: Nash
    Murder weapon: gun
     

  61. Date of Murder: December 7, 2003
    Victim Name: Curly Lynch, age 58
    Alleged perpetrator name: Gary Neal Lynch, age 37, committed suicide
    Relationship: No relation
    Town: Nash
    Murder weapon: gun
     

  62. Date of Murder: December 8, 2003
    Victim Name: Rosa Evon Speagle, age 23
    Alleged perpetrator name: Gregory Schultz, Jr., age 31,
    committed suicide
    Relationship: Estranged boyfriend
    Town: Sanford, Lee County
    Murder weapon: gun
     

  63. Date of Murder: December 14, 2003
    Victim Name: Teresa Thayer, age 44
    Alleged perpetrator name: Timothy Thayer, age 45, committed suicide
    Relationship: Estranged husband
    Town: Wallburg, Davidson County
    Murder weapon: gun
     

  64. Date of Murder: December 14, 2003
    Victim Name: Paul Thayer, age 9
    Alleged perpetrator name: Timothy Thayer, age 45, committed suicide
    Relationship: Father
    Town: Wallburg, Davidson County
    Murder weapon: gun
     

  65. Date of Murder: December 14, 2003
    Victim Name: William Shelton Merritt
    Alleged perpetrator name: Timothy Thayer, age 45, committed suicide
    Relationship: No relation
    Town: Wallburg, Davidson County
    Murder weapon: gun
     

  66. Date of Murder: December 24, 2003
    Victim Name: Daisy Sluder, age 57
    Alleged perpetrator name: David Sluder, age 62, committed suicide
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Alexander, Buncomb County
    Murder weapon: gun
     

  67. Date of Murder: December 26, 2003
    Victim Name: Jennifer Leach, age 40
    Alleged perpetrator name: Brian Ernest Crouch, age 30
    Relationship: No relation
    Town: Ash County
    Murder weapon: Blunt trauma to the head

 

 
 
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