Live-in caretaker charged with murder after man’s body found in south Charlotte condo, warrant says

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A 50-year-old woman has been charged with first-degree murder after warrants indicate that she confined and restrained an adult with disabilities.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department responded to a call for service at a condo in the 3100 block of Heathstead Place on June 24th at around 9:54 p.m. Police said when they arrived, they found Kimberly Mackey hurt and 35-year-old Bradford Womack dead.

After a thorough investigation with CMPD and the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office, they determined Mackey was responsible for the death of Bradford Womack. Mackey was charged with first-degree murder, concealment of a death and abuse of a disabled adult, according to police.

Mackey was Womack’s live-in caretaker, according to warrants.

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On June 20, Mackey, “confined and restrained that adult in a place and under a condition that was cruel and unsafe,” according to the warrant.

Police responded to the home four days later.

“There was no reason for me to expect there was anything that foul,” neighbor Joan Coggins said. “Nowadays, we just can’t assume everything is OK.”

The warrant doesn’t state exactly how Womack died, but it says he suffered a “physical injury” as a result of being restrained and died.

Neighbors who live in a quiet south Charlotte condo community told Channel 9′s Glenn Counts that they were stunned by this incident. They said Mackey kept to herself most of the time but was very friendly when she did engage.

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“I’m really shocked. She was very friendly and pretty outgoing anytime I would talk to her,” neighbor Allie Hinds said. “And I had no idea anybody else was even in there, so that was super surprising.”

One neighbor said she knew Mackey was taking care of Womack but she hardly ever saw him.

“We knew he was there, but he was being cared for, so he wasn’t up and about running around. I saw her coming and going frequently,” neighbor Joan Coggins said. “I’m sad about the gentleman dying; he wasn’t that old. I’m surprised because...you can’t tell by looking.”

Mackey is being held in jail without bond.

Police asked anyone with information about this case to speak to a homicide detective at 704-432-TIPS.

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