Woman Charged With Killing At Wilmington Homeless Camp

Authorities say a 38-year-old woman faces a second-degree murder charge after a man was found dead at a camp for homeless people in Wilmington.

Investigators said they were called to the camp around 7 p.m. Friday after paramedics found 43-year-old Richard Partello III dead.

Police say witnesses told officers that Johanna Leitch was fighting with Partello before he was killed.

Investigators aren't releasing a reason the two were fighting or a cause of death for Partello, although paramedics said he suffered multiple external wounds.

Leitch is being held at the New Hanover County jail without bond. It wasn't clear if she had an attorney.


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