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Day before woman found dead, deputies responded to domestic violence call at Harnett home

Posted February 4, 2019 5:13 p.m. EST
Updated February 6, 2019 2:11 p.m. EST

— A Lillington man was charged with murder Monday after his girlfriend was found dead inside their home, authorities said.

Just before noon, the Harnett County Sheriff's Office received a call about a possible dead person at 26 Johnsontown Road.

When deputies arrived, they found the body of 25-year-old Sequanna Monroe.

Monroe's blue 2003 Nissan Maxima was missing from the home, authorities said.

Her boyfriend, Scott Antonio Spencer, 36, was located in Sanford Monday afternoon and was charged with first-degree murder in her death. He remains in the Harnett County jail.

The couple had a history of domestic violence, authorities said. Monroe had taken out a protection order against Spencer, but it expired in June 2017.

They moved to Harnett County last September, and deputies had responded to two domestic calls at the Johnsontown Road since then:

  • Spencer called deputies on Dec. 22 about a domestic dispute. He was charged with assault on a female, and the case is still pending.
  • At about 10 p.m. Sunday, Spencer called deputies saying that Monroe had assaulted him. An investigation determined that no assault had occurred, so no one was arrested. Spencer then left the home on foot.

Monroe's body has been sent for an autopsy to determine a cause of death, but authorities said her injuries were "consistent with a physical altercation."

Monroe's car was found Wednesday at a tow yard in Cameron, where it had been taken following a crash on U.S. Highway 1 early Monday, authorities said. Spencer was driving the car at the time of the crash, they said.