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Police: Smithfield woman beaten to death

Patricia Warren Stevens was found dead in her Smithfield home when her son stopped by Thursday to take her to dinner, police said. A man who lived nearby has been charged in her death.

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Patricia Stevens, slain Smithfield woman
SMITHFIELD, N.C. — A Smithfield woman found dead last Thursday was beaten to death, police said Monday.

Patricia Warren Stevens, 74, was found dead in her 309 N. Third St. home when her son stopped by to take her to dinner, police said.

Matthew Hagert Salentine, 34, of 212-B N. Third St., was charged Friday night with one count each of first-degree murder, armed robbery and first-degree burglary and three counts of uttering a forged instrument. He remains in the Johnston County Jail without bond.

Police said Salentine was arrested after investigators found suspicious activity in Stevens' bank account.

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