Woman Dies At PCMH, Boyfriend Charged With Murder

A Duplin County man has now been charged with murder after deputies say his live-in girlfriend died from a beating.

Jesus Cortez was originally charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill. Deputies say Leota Chaney of Tapp Farm Road had been taken to Lenoir Memorial Hospital on Monday by Cortez. The 45-year-old woman had severe head trauma and transported to Pitt County Memorial Hospital where she died the next day.

Deputies say after going to the crime scene it was clear that a struggle had happened and there was a large amount of blood throughout the home.

The 44-year-old Cortez is being held without bond at the Duplin County jail.


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  • by Sad Location: duplin on Apr 21, 2011 at 01:05 PM
    This is another sad case so much violence, a friend of mine almost a year ago died from domestic violence Beverly Knowles of Beaulaville. The violence has got to stop women leave these sorry low life men in the gutters, where they belong so much is taken away you your family is robbed out of a life yours all for what, was it really your worth i guess we will never know!
  • by To John and Pete Location: ENC on Mar 17, 2011 at 02:31 AM
    Why are you spouting off about tax payers picking up the tab? Why do you assume that this woman does not have health insurance? Let us get really technical this morning... unless you are of Native American decent, your ancestors are "illegals". Europeans sailed across the ocean, stole their land, used propaganda to promote their "savage" nature, and then so "graciously" set them up on reservations. No where in this article does it state that either persons mentioned were here illegally. Don't post that uneducated fodder up here, write your congressmen.
  • by antonio Location: Onslow on Mar 5, 2011 at 09:31 AM
    This comment is for VOTER form GREENVILLE/BETHEL how would you like it if they told you they were going to hang you i am pertty sure you would not like it one bit. This guy is my uncle he is a human being just like you and me i know what he did was wrong and what you are commenting is just as wrong.
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      by seek the truth! on Apr 3, 2011 at 05:26 AM in reply to antonio
      I am deeply offended by several of these postings. First and foremost, it does not matter if the man is legal or illegal..he committed a crime and should be punished. Secondly, I can not believe!!! anyone thinks that her "provoking" him would even be reason enough for him to do what was done to her....these two people suffered from being alcoholics and were a mismatch from the start. I would like to point out..that he was HER live-in boyfriend..not the other way around...his name never is/was on any of the bills or lease agreements.
  • by dora Location: deep run on Feb 28, 2011 at 05:41 PM
    he is my brother in law and he moved in with us around dec and stayed with us for a month in a half and loeta would al ways come looking for him an would tell me to tell him to call her.i remember that day he moved in the lady called my husbands cell every hour my husban wouldnt answer becuase he did want jesus to go back with her cuase since they got together he started to drink a lot an he didnt like that cuse he said since she used to drink every day that she got hime hooked . he went back with her . one of his friends told us that she told hime that if he didnt she would kill her self . so how nows what realy happen at that house how about if she provacted him to hit her.
  • by voter Location: greenville/bethel on Feb 27, 2011 at 04:57 AM
    Ok, you got the Suspect! Try him, find him guilty,and Hang him!The Tax payer's have Enough to TAKE CARE OF!Jailing him will only benefit him!( fatten,educate,etc.) Eye for an Eye! Prayer's for the family of that lady!
  • by GG Location: Stokes on Feb 26, 2011 at 10:19 PM
    Thanks clearsome. So the man is an American from Texas. If he is guilty and could be sent back to Texas, he would be in serious peril. However, he committed the crime here, so...
  • by Teresa Location: Southport on Feb 26, 2011 at 06:04 PM
    Leota "Tonie" Cheney was one of my bestfriend's from childhood and to have someone to take here life away so tragically has made me sick to my stomach. She was my sister of another color and she saw or met no strangers. When a friend of mine came and told me what happened to her and cried, cried, cried. Why did this happened to Tonie? I don't care where this person is from I hope he is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Her children will never get to hug her, her mother will never get to kiss her, her brother and sister will never get to say "I love you" and her grandfather will never get to talk with her. Tonie I will never forget you and will always remember the good times we shared at your grandparents house. Rest in Peace my friend until we see each other again.
  • by Pam Location: lenoir on Feb 25, 2011 at 02:53 PM
    I knew both people i work in a store that they both shoped in alot and it is sad what happened they both seemed nice i can't imaging what happened unless it was just a drunken fight that went bad she will be missed
  • by Go Pirates Location: Greenville on Feb 25, 2011 at 01:14 PM
    There is extreme ignorance no matter where you go, not just this area.
  • by clearsome Location: Pitt on Feb 25, 2011 at 01:12 PM
    Actually Sr Cortez is a citizen. Born in Texas. So where do yall want to send him? His ancestors were from El Salvador, not from Mexico. But his parents were both born in TEXAS\.so hes a 2nd generations texan. US citizen, just like you and me people
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