Man charged with first degree murder in Faith Hedgepeth death :: WRAL.com
Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Almost a decade after Faith Hedgepeth, a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was found beaten to death in her off-campus apartment, a man was charged with first degree murder in the case on Thursday .
Chapel Hill Police said Miguel Enrique Olivares was taken into custody Thursday morning and is currently being held in County Durham Detention Center without bail. WRAL News asked police about Hedgepeth and Olivares’ relationship, but they said they couldn’t comment on this while the investigation was still ongoing.
Hedgepeth was last seen alive around 4 a.m. on September 7, 2012, when her roommate left their apartment in Hawthorne at the View on Old Durham Road in Chapel Hill.
Autopsy reports show that she was beaten to death and suffered serious head injuries. At the time of her murder, she was a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Chapel Hill Deputy Police Chief Celisa Lehew said Olivares was not a person of interest at the start of the investigation.
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein told Thursday’s press conference that an arrest in the case was possible after the State Bureau of Investigation and the Chapel Hill Police Department submitted a sample of DNA at the State Crime Lab that matched the DNA profile found in the original crime. scene.
In 2016, when police released Hedgepth’s autopsy report, it showed she had suffered multiple skull fractures and cuts to her face and head. She was also severely beaten on her arms and legs.
According to the autopsy report, the roommate returned about seven hours later and found Hedgepeth “covered with a blanket on her mattress slightly askew with copious amounts of blood.”
In 2016, Chapel Hill Police described Hedgepeth as being positioned on the floor, leaning against the bed, with her shirt up and no clothing from the waistline. There was a pool of blood near his body and blood spatter on the bedroom wall and closet door.
Investigators found semen on Hedgepeth, but they did not say whether she was sexually assaulted before she was killed. The DNA in the sperm matches the male DNA found elsewhere in the apartment.
The information released in 2016 contained a photo of a note they said was written by the killer and was found on Hedgepeth’s bed. The note appeared to read “I’m not stupid (expletive) jealous”.
At Thursday’s press conference, Hedgepeth’s mother Connie Hedgepeth said she “cried tears of joy” after learning of the arrest.
“When I heard the news this morning, I did nothing but cry and thank God and praise God because I put it in his hands and that was his timing. I don’t know why. it took so long but I just know it was him, ”she said.
“When Celisa [Lehew] called me today and told me they had made an arrest, my mind … I came back in September 2012, “said Roland Hedgepeth, Faith Hedgepeth’s father.” It lasted nine years and nine days. I want to thank God for allowing me to stay alive to see this day. “
Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue said Thursday’s arrest was “the next phase of the investigation.”
“We will all want more answers and more information than we can provide to you today,” added Blue.
Several people were questioned at the time of Hedgepeth’s death in 2012, some offering DNA for testing. At the start of the investigation, police initially focused their investigation on several men, including Hedgepeth’s roommate’s ex-boyfriend and a man she was last seen with outside of the house. ‘a Chapel Hill nightclub a few hours before his death.
The warrants revealed that police learned that the ex-boyfriend was angry with Hedgepeth because of the influence she had over her roommate. Detectives say in the warrants that he told Hedgepeth he was going to kill her if the roommate didn’t get back with him.
In 2016, Chapel Hill Police released a composite sketch and report they said could help identify the man responsible for Hedgepeth’s murder. The 3D sketch, created by Parabon NanoLabs, uses facial features and potential ancestry determined by DNA samples.