Police: Man beat ex-wife to death in Spencer



SPENCER, N.C. - Channel 9 is learning more about the relationship between the woman found dead in a Rowan County neighborhood this week and her ex-husband, the man who police said beat her to death.

Police believe Rodney Wallace killed Toney Johnson and left her body between two houses on 4th Street in Spencer two days ago.

Channel 9 was the only station there when police escorted Wallace to jail Thursday night.

Officers arrested him in Wrightsville Beach where he was in a car with his girlfriend.

Police said she received a text message saying police were looking for him, so she got out of the car and screamed for help.

On Friday, Channel 9 dug through documents detailing the history between Wallace and Johnson.

In July 2011, Johnson told police Wallace held her at knifepoint for hours in his Salisbury apartment.

She claims afterward that he still wouldn’t let her leave and bruised her arm as she tried to escape.

She said he also talked about getting a gun and threatened to take their child and run.
Johnson filed a restraining order against him, but dropped it almost three months later, saying he had respected the order and didn't think he'd be violent again.

Channel 9 also found Wallace has a criminal record.

In January, he was convicted of assault on a female, domestic trespassing and drug possession.

To see a document covering Wallace’s court history, click here.