UPDATED: New Info In Beaufort County Murder

By: Cassandra Bell, Pritchard Strong
By: Cassandra Bell, Pritchard Strong

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Department is continuing to investigate the death of Miki Michelle Hatcher in Chocowinity. Deputies charged Richard Leon Armstead with her murder, after a standoff with police in Greenville Saturday night.

Neighbors say they're shocked that Miki Hatcher, who they described as quiet and sweet, was found dead inside her home, and say they hope Richard Armstead, who has been charged with her murder, gets the punishment he deserves.

Neighbors say they knew something was wrong when they saw Hatcher's two young children without her on Saturday, and say that's when they called the police to investigate.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Department says they found Hatcher dead inside her home with head injuries, and say they're waiting on the autopsy report before releasing an official cause of death.

Sheriff Alan Jordan says Richard Armstead was identified as a suspect, and fled to Greenville where he surrendered after a standoff Saturday night.

Jordan says Armstead and hatcher had been living together and have two young children.

Neighbors say they're shocked that something like this happened so close to them, and say they feel sorry for Hatcher's kids.

Shaniqua Spicer lives just a few homes down from Hatcher, and says she hopes to hold a candlelight vigil in her memory soon.

Armstead remains in the Beaufort County Detention Center without bond.

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A Beaufort County woman who was killed had injuries to her head, according to officials.

Beaufort County Sheriff Alan Jordan says an autopsy will determine how 23-year-old Miki Michelle Hatcher of Chocowinity died and couldn't say how the injuries to her head occurred.

Greenville Police arrested 21-year-old Richard Leon Armstead following a standoff Saturday night.

Armstead is charged with killing Hatcher. The sheriff's office says the two lived together at 292 Sam's Road in Chocowinity and had children together.

Hatcher's body was found at their home Saturday night.

N.C. Department of Correction online records show Armstead has been in prison before on various charges, including common law robbery and injury to personal property. The records also show several infractions behind bars, including assault on a person with a weapon and involvement with a gang.


A Chocowinity man is charged with murder after a standoff with Greenville police.

Beaufort County deputies have charged 21-year-old Richard Leon Armstead of Sam's Road in Chocowinity with murder. They say Armstead surrendered to Greenville police officers after a standoff late Saturday night.

Police reports say officers responded to the home on Sam's Road just before 7:30 Saturday evening where they found the body of 23-year-old Miki Michelle Hatcher. Beaufort County lawmen learned their suspect had fled to Greenville.

Lawmen contacted Greenville police for additional support and they say Armstead turned himself in to police after a short standoff at 3200 Summer Place. Reports say Armstead and the dead woman lived together at the home on Sam's Road and had children together.

Armstead is being held at the Beaufort County Detention Center without bond. An autopsy is being done to determine an exact cause of death.

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Greenville police tell WITN that a standoff has ended. Police say that a suspect in a Beaufort County homicide had locked himself in an apartment in Greenville, but he has now given himself up.

Police say the man came out of his apartment on his own free will with his hands up.

Previous Update:

Authorities are on the scene of a standoff in Greenville. Officials tell WITN a suspect involved in a homicide in Beaufort County has locked himself inside an apartment in Greenville.

That apartment is at 3200 Summer Place. Multiple law enforcement agencies are on the scene. Authorities are releasing little details right now.

WITN has a reporter on the scene and will bring you more details as soon as they become available.

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