A Robeson County man has been charged in the murder of a Clinton woman, whose personal information was used in financial transactions following her death, Sampson County Sheriff’s authorities said.
Steven Munley, 40, of 916 W. Martin Luther King Drive, Maxton, has been charged with murder. He was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center without privilege of bond on Wednesday.
According to sheriff’s reports, around 4:50 p.m. Monday, deputies with the Sheriff’s Office responded to 546 Potato House Road, Clinton, regarding a “suspicious death.” Upon arrival, deputies discovered the resident, Gladys Rachel Bradshaw, 63, deceased in her home. On Tuesday, a preliminary report from the Sampson County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death as a homicide.
Through the investigation, detectives discovered financial transactions completed using the victim’s information that occurred after the death. Bradshaw worked at Lundy Packing Company/Smithfield Packing Company for nearly 40 years, according to her obituary.
A person of interest, Munley, was quickly identified and located in Laurinburg later in the day Tuesday and was subsequently charged on Wednesday.
According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Munley has a long list of convictions in Robeson, Scotland, Cumberland and Hoke counties over the years. The convictions include felony assault, assault on a female, numerous felony breaking and entering and larceny offenses, breaking and entering into a house of worship, driving while impaired, possession of firearm by felon and possession of stolen goods, court records show.
Sheriff’s officials said the investigation is still ongoing and declined to release further information about the case at this time.
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