Man charged with murder, defiling a corpse in Hopewell woman’s death

Police identify 49-year-old homicide victim

HOPEWELL, Va. (WWBT) - A man is facing several charges, including murder and defiling a corpse, in connection to a Hopewell woman’s death.

Police arrested Carl Williams, 60, on Monday and have charged him with first-degree murder, strangulation, abduction, and willfully, intentionally and physically defiling a corpse. Williams was arrested in Petersburg by the U.S Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force.

Carl Williams.
Carl Williams. (Source: Hopewell police)

Police say Kristie S. McPherson, 49, died from her injuries as a result of blunt force trauma.

Police say McPherson was found dead in her apartment in the 400 block of East Broadway just before 3:30 p.m.

Williams was taken to Riverside Regional Jail pending his arraignment.

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