Man charged with murder of woman killed in Hopewell apartment from blunt force trauma

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HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) — A man is charged with the Hopewell murder of a 49-year-old woman. The victim, identified as Kristie S. McPherson, died from blunt force trauma.

According to police, a 60-year-old man has been arrested and charged.

Carl Williams, of Hopewell, is charged with first-degree murder, strangulation, abduction and willfully, intentionally and physically defiling a corpse.

Williams was arrested in the city of Petersburg without incident Monday.

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Police found an unresponsive woman in an apartment in the 400 block of East Broadway on Sept. 10 at around 3:28 p.m.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, Hopewell police said in a release.

An investigation from authorities found that McPherson died “as a result of blunt force trauma,” police said. An autopsy prompted the case to be classified as a homicide.

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