Woman charged after 72-year-old man found dead inside apartment

HICKORY, N.C. — A woman has been charged with murder in Catawba County after a gruesome discovery was made inside a Hickory apartment.

Police said 72-year-old Robert Bruce Godfrey was found dead inside his apartment at Preston Ridge off Startown Road after last being seen on Thanksgiving.

Investigators confirmed to Channel 9 that his car was missing and that he had been dead for several days.

On Dec. 9, police said Bryana Martines, 22, had been charged with first-degree murder and was jailed under no bond.

The Catawba County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday that Martines’s murder case will be non-capital.

She was also charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.

Abraham Adon Jr., 28, of Fort Mill had the stolen vehicle, police said. CMPD located Adon in the car but he fled to South Carolina and was later arrested. He was being held in South Carolina before being extradited on charges of having a stolen car and fleeing police.

No other details about the crime have been released.

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