• 55°

Woman charged with murder in stabbing

Staff report
A 51-year-old Salisbury woman has been charged with murder in the Tuesday stabbing death of her companion.
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office charged Elizabeth Fesperman Whitley late Tuesday with the death of Willie Glen Woodard III.
Woodard was one of the people who often stand on Arlington Street near Walmart with a sign asking for donations, according to Salisbury Police.
Whitley and Woodard lived in a mobile home at 13 Highland Park Drive, off Hurley School Road.
Rowan Sheriff’s Capt. John Sifford said the stabbing appeared to be domestic in nature and alcohol was involved.
Whitley is being held in the Rowan County Detention Center with no bond.
District Attorney Bill Kenerly will decide later whether the charge will be first-degree murder or a lesser charge.
Deputies responded to a 911 call at 2:15 a.m. Tuesday about a stabbing at 13 Highland Park Drive.
Sifford said Rowan County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene to find the door of the trailer standing open. Inside, they found Whitley, who was visibly upset and talking on a cell phone.
Deputies and Rowan EMS paramedics found Woodard lying on a mattress on the living room floor. He appeared to have a wound in his chest. A knife was located nearby on the floor.
He was transported to Rowan Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead at 3:08 a.m.
Salisbury Police had contact with the couple approximately two weeks ago.
Sgt. R.A. Efird said he observed Woodard coming from a business with something under his shirt.
When stopped, he had a pasteboard sign with some writing asking for money or food.
Efird said Woodard and Whitley were in an Isuzu Rodeo. They told police they were living in the vehicle.
Efird said the vehicle looked lived-in and that a large knife lay inside it.

Comments

Comments closed.

Business

With remote expansion, outsource provider FCR looks to become an ‘exceptional part’ of Rowan community

Local

City expects $1.5 million surplus in current budget, ability to raise some wages for police, public works

Education

Enochville Elementary to host farewell event May 1

College

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson will speak at NC State graduation

High School

High school softball: Carson beats West in a wild one

High School

Wonders, Trojans facing off Monday on Cannon Ballers’ field

Local

City approves two apartment developments, more than 160 new units

Nation/World

Crowds react with joy, wariness to verdict in Floyd’s death

News

Bill seeks to end pistol purchase permits from NC sheriffs

Coronavirus

Rowan County sees 300th death attributed to COVID-19

News

Chauvin convicted on all counts in George Floyd’s death

Local

Top North Carolina House finance chair, Rowan representative stripped of position

Crime

One charged, another hospitalized in fight between cousins

Local

Bell Tower Green renamed to honor Stanbacks; Nancy Stanback receives key to city

Business

Commissioners green light additional houses at Cherry Treesort in China Grove

Education

A.L. Brown will hold in-person, outdoor graduation

Local

Granite Quarry awards FEMA contract for Granite Lake Park

Local

City to vote on apartment developments, final phases of Grants Creek Greenway project

High School

High school football: North receiver McArthur a rising star

Columnists

Carl Blankenship: Pollen and prejudice make their return

News

Harris pitches $2.3T spending plan on trip to North Carolina

Nation/World

Murder case against ex-cop in Floyd’s death goes to the jury

Crime

Sheriff’s office: Man takes deputies on chase with stolen moped

Coronavirus

Afternoon, evening COVID-19 vaccination clinic planned Thursday