Suspicious Greenville death turns into murder with husband now charged

Published: May. 26, 2022 at 11:32 AM EDT|Updated: May. 26, 2022 at 1:29 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - A suspicious death on Tuesday in Greenville has turned into a homicide with the victim’s husband charged with murder.

Greenville police say Lawrence Guttierrez was arrested early this morning in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Tuesday afternoon police said they were contacted by concerned coworkers of Tavara Guttierrez as she had not shown up for work for several days. The 44-year-old woman was found dead in her Spring Forest Road condominium.


Police will not release the suspected manner or cause of death, but neighbors tell WITN that the couple had a history of domestic disputes.

“A lot of times neighbors have a tendency to stay back, to stand a far from domestic issues and stuff, but if you see something, say something,” said Talib Bey who lives across the street. “If you see a guy disrespecting a woman, verbally, physically, whatever, as a man you should stand up.”

Police here learned that the husband was possibly en route to his home state of Mississippi.

Biloxi police say around 2:00 a.m., Guttierrez pulled in front of a fire station and started blowing the horn on his vehicle. When police arrived, they found him passed out behind the wheel. When they ran a records check, police learned he was wanted in Greenville for the murder.

Guttierrez is in the Harrison County, Mississippi jail awaiting to be returned to Greenville to face the murder charge.

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