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LeeAnn Fletcher, a mother-of-two, died July 25 , three days after she was found unresponsive in her home in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on July 22
Fletcher, a mom-of-two, was found unconscious in the bathtub at home by her boyfriend, John Curtis ‘Jay’ Tolson, who then called 911 to report the possible accident
Her autopsy report ruled that she died from blunt force trauma, caused by a blow to the head that could have been either accidental or intentional
The victim’s family accused police of foot dragging in the investigation, hired a private investigator and uncovered extensive blood stains on several items in Fletcher’s home
Three months into the investigations her boyfriend Jay Tolson, 28, has been arrested and facing second-degree murder
Tolson who was arrested on Monday in Maine after grand jury indictment, will be be extradited to North Carolina for a Nov 30 court date
Three months after a North Carolina woman was found unconscious in a bathtub and later died of injuries to the head, her boyfriend was arrested in Maine on Monday and charged with her murder.
John Curtis ‘Jay’ Tolson was taken into custody in Bangor after the Dare County Grand Jury in North Carolina returned an indictment, charging him with one count of second-degree murder in the July death of 38-year-old LeeAnn Fletcher.
Fletcher, a mother-of-two, died July 25 , three days after she was found unconscious in her home by her boyfriend.
Jay Tolson, 28, has been charged with second-degree murder in the blunt force trauma death of his girlfriend, LeeAnn Fletcher in late July.
Tolson told authorities that he found Fletcher unresponsive in a bathtub on July 22.
She succumbed to her injuries three days later at Norfolk General Hospital in Virginia.
Her autopsy found that her death was caused by a blow to the head that could have been either intentional or accidental.
Tolson, who had been dating Fletcher, was the one who called 911 to report that he had found her unconscious in the bathtub, reported The News & Observer.
“My friend, she’s laying in the tub, she won’t wake up,” he said on the call, which has been released by Fletcher’s family.
“I think she fell last night, I’m not sure. There’s blood coming out of her nose so I can’t get her to wake up.”
Early in the investigation, police named Tolson a ‘person of interest’ but did not arrest him at the time, sparking outrage among Fletcher’s family and friends who believed that she died as a result of foul play.
They were also convinced that her boyfriend was somehow involved.
Trisha Cahoon, Fletcher’s cousin, has started a social media campaign called ‘Justice for LeeAnn,’ and the family have hired a private investigator to help them collect evidence.
The family accompanied by a investigator visited her home after her death and found large amounts of blood on several items.
A shirt that appeared to be saturated with blood was found inside the Fletcher’s home during the family’s walk-through..
The graphic video also showed a bloodied mattress, pillows and along with the blood soaked items of clothing.
Fletcher is survived by her teenage daughter and a six-year-old son.
Her family and friends have accused the Kitty Hawk Police Department of handling the case with ‘no sense of urgency.’
Trisha Cahoon, at the time told WTKR “things just weren’t adding up.”
“The trauma surgeon told us there was holes in the story, that the injuries didn’t come from a fall,” she said.
“So we hired a private investigator to collect evidence because we felt the Kitty Hawk Police Department were not doing their job,” Cahoon said.
In response to the criticism, Kitty Hawk police in a Facebook post, appealed for patience to allow them time to conduct the investigation ‘in an objective and thorough manner,’ rather than rely on social media posts and news reports ‘that may or may not be supported by the evidence…’
After Tolson’s arrest, a visibly emotional Cahoon livestreamed her gratitude and relief on Facebook. She thanked everyone who has supported her social media campaign aimed at delivering justice for her slain cousin.
‘Everybody give yourself a pat on the back because if it wasn’t for us, and pushing this and pushing this and pushing this, we would not be where we’re at right now,’ Cahoon said through sobs. ‘We got him, y’all! We burned his a**, and now we just have to make sure he actually serves his time, so the fight is not over… We got that bastard.’
Tolson is expected to be extradited to North Carolina for a November 30 hearing in superior court in Dare County.