Wake County Murder: Local Man Accused of Killing 50-Year-Old Girlfriend



A man in Wake County, North Carolina, has been charged with murder after a woman was found dead in a tent. The Wake County sheriff’s deputies received calls about a drug overdose and found 50-year-old Dorothy Smith unresponsive in the tent. After an investigation, it was determined that Smith had been in an altercation with her boyfriend, 57-year-old Joe Anthony Jr., who was subsequently charged with murder.

Wake County Man Charged with Murder

Thursday, April 4, 2024 2:00AM

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In Wake County, N.C., a man is facing murder charges following the discovery of a woman’s body in a tent. Wake County sheriff’s deputies responded to a drug overdose call on the 7100 block of Fayetteville Road.

Upon arrival, deputies found 50-year-old Dorothy Smith unresponsive inside of a tent. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Reports suggest Smith engaged in a dispute with her boyfriend, 57-year-old Joe Anthony Jr. earlier in the day. Consequently, Anthony was arrested and charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury.

Further investigation led to Anthony being charged with murder following a consultation with the County District Attorney’s Office.

Currently, Anthony is being held at the Wake County Detention Center without bond.

Cary police are also searching for 2 men linked to 12 break-ins.

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