Woman charged with killing great-aunt makes court appearance - WFLA News Channel 8

Woman charged with killing great-aunt makes court appearance

Posted: Updated:
BEAUFORT, N.C. - The Carteret County woman accused of murdering her great-aunt and burning her house down went before a judge Tuesday morning.

32-year-old Rhonda Hagan made her first court appearance today after being indicted by a grand jury last month.

Deputies say she killed her great aunt, 90-year-old Goldie Hall, in September 2012 after a dispute over money. An autopsy shows Hall died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Deputies say Hagan dumped Hall's body in the woods, set her house on fire, then called 911 to report the fire.

The district attorney is expected to decide in April whether to charge Hagan for capital murder, in which case she could face the death penalty.

Hagan is charged with murder, kidnapping, arson, larceny, and failing to report a death.

Her mother, 64-year-old Phyllis Williams, is charged with obstruction of justice after deputies say she helped Hagan cover up the murder.

Related Stories:

  • NewsMore>>

  • Captain of sunken South Korean ferry arrested

    Captain of sunken South Korean ferry arrested

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:11 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:11:42 GMT
    Rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of ferry passengers still missing Friday and feared dead, as fresh questions emerged about whether quicker action by the captain of the doomed ship could have saved lives.
    The captain of a sunken South Korean ferry was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need, as investigators looked into whether his evacuation order came too late to save lives. Two crew...
  • American identifies cleric in US terrorism case

    American identifies cleric in US terrorism case

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:51:27 GMT
    A New York jury has heard two widely differing descriptions of an Egyptian imam accused of carrying out terrorism offenses while he led a London mosque.
    A Seattle man told a jury Friday that an Egyptian cleric on trial on terrorism charges is the "very angry" imam he met in London years ago.
  • Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

    Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

    In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.
    In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.
  • Mugshots

Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.