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3 Search Warrants Follow Murder

Posted December 15, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— Raleigh police have obtained three search warrants following the murder of a Sir Walter Raleigh Apartments resident whose body was found Friday.

The body of Bertha Dockery, 66, was discovered under a mattress in her fifth-floor apartment by her son. One of the search warrants said Dockery had been sexually assaulted.

According toThe News & Observer, a search warrant was issued involving Raymond A. Newkirk, 62, an upstairs neighbor of Dockery. The warrant indicates that other apartment residents had told police that Newkirk "was involved" with Dockery.

A second warrant reported that police found an exterior door of the Newkirk apartment smeared with blood. Inside the apartment and on a denim jacket in a bedroom, police found blood droplets. Newkirk allowed police to conduct the search, documents show. The paper said he also provided socks, pants, underwear, and shoes to police.

The third warrant involved Marvin Mitchell, 42. Residents said they had seen him on the premises as recently as the past two weeks. Mitchell denied seeing or talking to Dockery in six months, the paper said, and denied that he had ever been to the building.

Mitchell's warrant seeks blood and hair samples from him, and the newspaper said it cited police records of Mitchell abusing Dockery and breaking into two of her homes.

Dockery had lived in the Sir Walter for three months. The building is reserved for the elderly and the disabled. Police Lt. D.S. Overman said the crime scene was still under investigation and that interviews with friends and family were continuing.