Man charged in girlfriend’s murder

By: Staff report

LUMBERTON — A Whiteville man’s own words led to him being charged with the murder of a Lumberton woman.

Willie Davis, 44, is in the Robeson County jail without bond after begin charged Sunday with first-degree murder for the death of Katonya Charles, 38, of Lumberton.

The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office received a call about 5:44 a.m. Sunday from Whiteville Police Department about a woman who might be hurt, Maj. Anthony Thompson, of the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, said Monday. The call was made after Davis, who was being detained at an undisclosed hospital on outstanding warrants, told Whiteville police Cpl. Jose Garcia that he “beat his girlfriend” and believed he “hurt her,” according to Thompson..

Robeson County sheriff’s deputies were sent to perform a wellness check on Charles, Thompson said. Knocks on the door of Charles’ residence on Cunningham Circle were not answered.

Robeson County Housing Authority personnel were contacted to help the deputies gain entry to Charles’ residence, Thompson said. Deputies found Charles’ body on the floor after they entered the residence.

The exact cause of death is unknown. Investigators are waiting for the results of an autopsy.

The Robesonian is working to get information on why Davis was being detained by Whiteville police.

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Staff report