Wilson woman, 80, dies after assault
Posted September 12, 2011
Updated September 13, 2011
Wilson, N.C. — An 80-year-old woman who was assaulted in Wilson earlier this month has died, police said Monday, and charges against her alleged attacker could be upgraded to murder.
On Sept. 1, Wilson police officers were called to the 700 block of Suggs Street after a 911 caller reported hearing a woman screaming. Officers found Barbara Adams unresponsive due to a head injury. She was airlifted to Pitt Memorial Hospital in critical condition and she died on Sunday, police said.
James Anthony Bynum, 56, of 705 Randolph St., was standing next to Adams when officers arrived and was arrested at the scene, police said. He was taken to the Wilson County jail, where he was being held under a $250,000 bond on Monday.
Bynum faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Investigators are trying to determine if Adams was sexually assaulted and whether Bynum's charges should be upgraded.
Adams and Bynum did not know each other, police said.
Bynum was convicted in 2002 of two counts of larceny and first-degree trespassing and one count of resisting an officer, according to state Department of Correction records. He spent a little over two months in jail.