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Rich Square man charged after woman killed, man stabbed

Posted May 6, 2008 4:21 p.m. EDT
Updated May 8, 2008 4:31 p.m. EDT

— A local man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a home invasion that left a woman dead and her boyfriend seriously injured, police said.

Ricky Harris called police at about 2:30 a.m. Monday, saying someone had broken into his girlfriend's house, at 217 Stanford St., and had stabbed him several times. Authorities found Harris in the bedroom of the house and airlifted him to a hospital in Norfolk, Va., where he was in stable condition Tuesday.

Harris’ girlfriend, Nekia Hunter, 27, and her car were missing from the house, police said. The car was later found abandoned on a remote road outside of town.

Hunter's body was found Tuesday morning in an abandoned house in the area, police said. They haven't released a cause of death.

Through community tips, police arrested Garland Fisher, of Rich Square, and charged him with first-degree burglary, attempted murder, first-degree kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.

After further inbestigation, he was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree rape.

Fisher was being held without bond Thursday in the Northampton County Detention Center.

Police hadn't determined a motive for the crime as of Tuesday evening. Some cash was taken from Harris, and Fisher knew Hunter, they said.