WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WGHP) -- Two people were charged with murder Friday after a 69-year-old Winston-Salem man died in his apartment in late December, the Forsyth County Jail magistrate says.
Lessie Denise Graves, 41, and Nathan Carlos Gilmore, 29, were charged with felony murder in relation to the death of James Herbert McCormick.
Gilmore is also charged with kidnapping and Graves is also facing first-degree kidnapping and common law robbery charges related to McCormick’s death.
At 8:51 p.m. on Dec. 30, Winston-Salem police were called to check the welfare of McCormick.
A friend of McCormick said he had not heard from him for several days and notified police.
Upon arrival, police found McCormick dead in his apartment.
Police found McCormick’s body on the floor of a bedroom covered with a sheet, the autopsy report said, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
McCormick had one sock in his mouth, compressing his tongue against the roof of his mouth and blocking his airway, the report said.