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Man charged with killing 88-year-old woman

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

Police have charged a Charlotte man with murder in connection with the west Charlotte slaying of his neighbor, an 88-year-old woman who was often seen gardening behind her home off Tuckaseegee Road.

Police identified the dead woman as Dorothy C. Gregg.

Robert Maurice Nixon, 44, was charged with murder, breaking and entering, financial transaction card theft and unauthorized use of a financial card. He received no bond in connection with the murder charge and will face a judge for the first time early this week.

Police said only that the suspect and victim knew each other, but they didn’t elaborated on a motive.

A family member called 911 just before 9 p.m. Saturday after finding Gregg dead at her home on 3828 Plainview Road, near where Freedom Drive meets Interstate 85. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A man who identified himself as a family member answered the door at the one-story, ranch-style house on Sunday afternoon but said the family had no comment. Evidence of the police activity remained: Two stickers and a fine mist of black powder used to identify fingerprints were still on the door, a few feet away from a metal garden gnome.

Antonio Santez, who lives two houses down the street from Gregg’s home, said Gregg and the man accused of killing her were neighbors.

Santez would typically see Gregg “in the backyard, sometimes in the garden.” Nixon lived diagonally across the street from her house, and Santez said he would speak or wave to him when they saw each other. They were on friendly terms, Santez said, despite a language barrier and the fact that Santez’s family had only lived in the neighborhood for a few weeks.

Nixon would occasionally ask to borrow money, Santez said.

“He would sometimes ask me for $10, $20,” Santez said. “He would pay me back next time I saw him.”

Nixon spent six months in prison after being convicted of larceny in 2003, a crime that violated his probation. He also has previous convictions for possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Anyone with information about Gregg’s killing is asked to call 704-432-TIPS to speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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