Woman Charged In Death Of Wheelchair-Bound Man

Police in Winston-Salem have charged a 19-year-old woman with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a man confined to a wheelchair.

Officers were sent to a home last Friday regarding a welfare call. Nurses had been making routine visits to 36-year-old Clarence Joseph Hart's home, but a nurse notified police when he failed to answer the door. Police broke into Hart's home and found his body inside.

On Monday, detectives arrested 19-year-old Madyson Michelle Renegar. She is being held without bond in the Forsyth County jail.


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  • by Jen on Feb 17, 2012 at 10:33 AM
    I'm amazed and confused by the post that have been left. It doesn't matter what anyone THINKS this man did and how is it any of your concern? The bottom line is a life was taken. A mother and father are without thier son, a child is without his father, a sister without her brother and those of us who loved him our without our friend. Doesn't matter if he was perfect or not.....someone shot him in cold blood.....there is not a reason for that ......ever!!!!
  • by puffy Location: winston salem on Feb 11, 2012 at 10:06 PM
    i agree with michael i have known cj for years and i also believe he had a heart of gold and no cj was not perfect but he did the best he could being a single parent. i had seen cj earlier that week and i wish i could i have seen him one more time or just tell him that he was like a brother to me. several times when cj would ask me to go to the grocery store for him to get a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread just cause he could not get around that good. god bless you cj and my deepest sympathy goes out to his family i am praying for you all.. i just hope the person responsible for this tragedy is punnished to the fullest..
  • by michael on Feb 10, 2012 at 08:19 PM
    i was a good friend of cj and i just want to say that no one is perfect everyone makes mistakes but as long as you learn from your mistakes thats all that matters. i knew cj for years and i can tell you right now he was not a bad person and he had a heart of gold. i fell bad for his son and hope the good lord eases his pain. god bless you cj and i hope you are in a better place brother.
  • by LETS THINK Location: WS on Feb 7, 2012 at 09:07 PM
    Well lets all take a minutue to think about the situation at hand. This guy was handicapped with no legs, and i read that he has priors for larceny, assault and um....DRUG POSSESSION!! i dunno but last time i checked ppl who r handicapped probably recieve medications that can be used as drugs....Possible Dealer??? IDk but food for thought. and he had two prior robberies at different locations i read. So...idk but i def see what alot of these ppl are saying about him not beeing a saint..wheelchair or not...u decide what kind of life u lead and what ppl u associate with!! N-E-ways unfortunately this story does not have a happy ending. May she be brought to justice and may he rest in peace.
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      by The SISTER on Feb 10, 2012 at 12:55 AM in reply to LETS THINK
      This is my brother that ur talkn about. Everything being printed so far is NOT 100% all factual. His record is just for the people to try to put him at fault. But this is an instance where he was a teen when he got in trouble. And his recent days was spent being a single-parent raising his only child by himself, working and goin to school. So b4 you begin with the negative comments realize everything printed isnt always up to date.
  • by wondering on Feb 7, 2012 at 09:33 AM
    why?????? child molester? drugs? money? We forget that handicapped people have the same values, morals, and weaknesses we all have. Just because they are now in a wheelchair does not take away from the fact that they can still have the problems that landed them there in the first place. Usually there are more than two sides to these stories. Let's not judge too quickly.
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      by THE SISTER on Feb 10, 2012 at 12:59 AM in reply to wondering
      Thank you because this just happen to be a situation that invlves any wheelchair bound person. This has been a serious hidden problem for them for a lomg time now. I hate that it had to be my brother to bring the issue to the light.
  • by Li Location: MHC on Feb 7, 2012 at 08:32 AM
    A 19-year-old woman shot a man in a wheelchair to death after they argued over money, Winston-Salem police said. Madyson Michelle Renegar of 4017 Fargo Drive in Winston-Salem has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Clarence Joseph Hart. Hart, 36, was found dead Friday in his house on Talcott Avenue. According to the arrest warrant, Renegar is accused of killing Hart on Thursday. Capt. David Clayton of the Winston-Salem Police Department said Monday that Renegar and Hart were friends and had been arguing over money when Hart was shot. He said he did not know how much money was involved or whether one of them owed money to the other. Investigators did not find anything missing from Hart's house. Police found Hart about 12:20 p.m. Friday after a nurse called police when Hart did not answer his door. Nurses routinely visited Hart's home. Officers broke into Hart's home and found him dead inside. Clayton declined to say how many times Hart was shot or where he was shot. Hart was paralyzed in 2000 after two men entered a house on Glencairn Road and demanded money. Hart, who was 24 at the time, was shot in the back. In 2008, two men broke into a house on Cheshire Place Court where Hart was living with his son and several other people. The two men fired shots, but no one was injured. Hart's sister, LaRohda Hart, told the Winston-Salem Journal at the time that she believed her brother had been targeted. Hart has a long criminal record that includes convictions for larceny, assault and drug possession. Clayton said Hart's criminal past had nothing to do with the circumstances leading to his slaying. Renegar was being held in the Forsyth County Jail with no bond allowed. The investigation is continuing. She is scheduled to appear Feb. 24 in Forsyth District Court. Courtesy of Winston Salem Newspaper
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      by swim on Feb 7, 2012 at 12:46 PM in reply to Li
      WTG, you've given an insight that the "news team" neglected. your story makes alot more sense as to why he was killed.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2012 at 07:11 AM
    None of you all have a clue as to what went on regarding this issue. Maybe it was robbery or maybe assisted suicide. None of us know so condemning her to hell is a little far fetched at this point... Oh and just because this person was in a wheel chair does not mean that they are an angel by any means...
  • by Person First Location: Greenville on Feb 7, 2012 at 06:37 AM
    This is a sad story. On the otherhand, I wish the media would start using person-first language. It is incorrect to say "wheelchair bound man" or even "man confined to wheelchair". You can say man in a wheelchair. You would not say "cancer lady"; you would say "lady with cancer".
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      by Please stop on Feb 7, 2012 at 07:55 AM in reply to Person First
      Your grammar is worse than the article.
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      by Grumpy on Feb 7, 2012 at 03:16 PM in reply to Person First
      Saying "a man in a wheelchair was killed" might make you think he was in the wheelchair when he was killed, even if he wasn't, and that fact might be important to the story.
  • by wow on Feb 7, 2012 at 04:44 AM
    maybe the man did not want to live like this and begged the woman to do so,
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      by wow2 on Feb 7, 2012 at 06:29 AM in reply to wow
      I agree
  • by bailey Location: greenevil on Feb 7, 2012 at 04:16 AM
    wow this is a really messed up world
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      by Bookie on Feb 7, 2012 at 06:30 AM in reply to bailey
      Yes it is.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2012 at 07:10 AM in reply to bailey
      AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!
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