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.

Previous Story:

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.

PREVIOUS STORY:

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.


Previous Update:

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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  • by Jess Location: ohio on Jul 20, 2011 at 01:27 PM
    Miki, I'm so sorry we didn't keep in touch like we should have and I'm so sorry this happened to you. You didn't deserve this. I love you so much You will never be forgotten. I will always have tons of memories and pics of us as little girls running through the warehouse I love you so much and I'm praying for your girls.
  • by terri Location: dayton ohio on Oct 18, 2010 at 06:50 AM
    wow as I sit here and read some of these comments...these people got me shakein my head! yall on here debateing about obama. Yall have no respect for my best friend(miki). am really going to need yall to stay off of here if your not going to show her any respect.
  • by Gray'ce Location: Maryland on Jul 12, 2010 at 09:16 PM
    I only encountered Miki a few short times while she was here in Maryland, but she was sweet and a true Mother to her children. I pray for peace and understanding for her family and strength and comfort for her babies.
  • by angie Location: WASHINGTON on Jul 9, 2010 at 06:42 PM
    LOOK, EVERYBODY GET OFF HER TALKING STUPID CRAP, THESE COMMENTS ARE ABOUT MIKI AND HONORING HER MEMORY, NOT A PLACE TO POST YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT OBAMA, ETC..... HAVE SOME RESPECT!!!
  • by tia Location: greenville on Jul 9, 2010 at 06:37 PM
    I am so sorry to hear what happened to this young lady, it is just heart breaking!!! This man will pay in the end when he stands at the judgement seat of god!! My prayers are with the children that have only memories of their mother, may god protect them and keep them like i know their mother would have!!!
  • by C Location: Greenville on Jul 9, 2010 at 01:24 AM
    When & Where is the funeral?
  • by terri Location: dayton ohio on Jul 8, 2010 at 04:44 PM
    miki u are my best friend and i love u dearly and u wil be missed. its a shame u had to leave us so soon but u will be missed. i hope richard rots in prison and get the death penalty cuz u did nt deserve dat. and we will forever be bestfriends love u gurl xoxox rip
  • by Shanice Location: Dayton,ohio on Jul 8, 2010 at 08:02 AM
    Miki u will b missed.My prayers goes out to the family. The memories that we share was when me,you,terri and my sister went to my cousin party. We had fun. Then I remember like a couple months ago before u left dayton u & terri came over.The kids was outside eating ice-cream and playing with jr. Im glad we had the chance to meet @ school & thru Terri. R.i.p miki.
  • by brittney Location: washington on Jul 7, 2010 at 06:12 PM
    R.I.P Miki.. you will always be here n my heart. keeping your name here at holiday inn express where you worked. we as a family will miss you. make god be with her loving children.
  • by Michelle Location: Greenville, NC on Jul 7, 2010 at 12:12 AM
    R.I.P. MIKI...ITS SUCH A SAD SITUATION....SHE AND HER BABY DADDY USED TO LIVE RITE BESIDE ME LIKE 3 YEARS AGO AND I TRIED TO GET HER OUT OF THE RELATIONSHIP CUZ HE WOULD BEAT HER BUT SHE JUS WOULDN'T LISTEN...GONE, BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN!!!
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