Man in SC wreck faces charges in Charlotte woman's death

by: Catherine Bilkey Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged a man involved in a serious wreck in York County, S.C. with the murder of a woman killed in west Mecklenburg County late Sunday night.

Officers responded to the call on Buckland Road, near the Catawba River, around 11 p.m. Sunday where they found a woman who had been assaulted.

Police told Channel 9 that they found Frances Harley Gutnick, 52, inside a home down a private, wooded drive. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers said Jimmy Estes, Gutnick's boyfriend, was identified as the suspect connected with her death.

Officers said Estes was in a serious car accident in South Carolina but would be arrested when he was released from a local hospital.

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