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Default Pittsboro, NC WF, 54 blunt-force traumatized to death by "exonerated" Innocence Inquiry negro Willie

Pittsboro woman found dead in apartment was killed by neighbor, police say
Published: February 28, 2018, 7:07 pm

PITTSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — A woman found dead in her Pittsboro apartment last year was murdered by a neighbor, according to police.

Donna Todd’s body was already decomposing by the time police, called in by a concerned caretaker, found her on April 11, 2017, authorities said. The 54-year-old’s death was on the second homicide in Pittsboro in 15 years. She was killed by blunt-force trauma, Pittsboro Police Chief Percy T. Crutchfield said.

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Willie Henderson Womble, 64, lived near Todd in a Creekside Drive apartment complex at the time, Crutchfield said. Forensic evidence linked him to the scene, according to authorities.

Now a Greensboro resident, he was arrested at home Wednesday by the State Bureau of Investigation and the Greensboro Police Department, authorities said.

He has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held in the Guilford County Detention Center, police said.

Officials confirmed that Womble is the same Willie Womble who was convicted in July 1976 of having murdered a store clerk, but exonerated in 2014 after an investigation by the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission.

1976 murder conviction goes before NC Innocence Commission

Posted June 2, 2014

Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission is hearing this week the case of a Durham man convicted more than 30 years ago of killing a Granville County convenience store clerk.

Willie Henderson Womble, 60, was sentenced in 1976 to 80 years in prison for the Nov. 18, 1975, death of Roy Brent Bullock, who was shot three times during a robbery in Butner.

Monday's hearing was prompted after Womble's co-defendant, Joseph Perry, wrote a letter to the Innocence Commission – a state-run agency that investigates post-conviction claims of innocence – saying Womble was not involved in the crime.

Witnesses told the Innocence Commission that Womble signed a confession, written by investigators, out of fear, thinking that he otherwise might face the death penalty. He later told police in as many as eight other interviews, however, that he had nothing to do with Bullock's death.
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