Police on Friday arrested a man suspected in the shooting death of his estranged wife, a 43-year-old social worker counselor who had planned this week to file legal separation papers, her mother said.
Marcia Marie Winningham was shot and killed in her home in the 8400 block of Filbert Lane, off Harrisburg Road and Interstate 485. Winningham’s sister-in-law, Raemona Winningham, 46, and Raemona’s husband, Anthony Obee, 51, also were shot and are hospitalized in serious condition.
Virginia State Police later stopped a vehicle driven by David Mark Fields near Richmond, Va. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police detectives had obtained a warrant for his arrest in Winningham’s death.
Police said Fields will be charged with murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
Fields was in a local jail in Virginia on Friday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Keith Trietley said.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police detectives and crime scene technicians were en route to interview Fields and process his vehicle in Virginia, Trietley said Friday morning. It’s unknown when Fields will be returned to Mecklenburg County, he said.
Winningham and Fields were married in 2012, Winningham’s mother, Emmlo Winningham, 74, of Islip, N.Y., told the Observer.
But Marcia Winningham obtained a temporary restraining order against Fields in September 2012, court records show.
Jail records show Fields was charged a month later with misdemeanor violation of a domestic violence protective order.
Fields also spent time in prison in New York in the 1990s for robbery with a dangerous weapon, records show.
At 1:38 a.m. Friday, Hickory Grove Division patrol officers responded to a call of an assault with a deadly weapon at the home on Filbert Lane and found three people with gunshot wounds.
All three victims were transported by Medic to Carolinas Medical Center, where Marcia Winningham died, police said.
Representatives of the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office homicide prosecution team also responded to the scene on Filbert Lane.
Emmlo Winningham said her daughter was very giving, which explains why she pursued licensed professional counseling as a career.
“She always wanted to help people,” Emmlo Winningham said.
Marcia Winningham moved to Charlotte from New York five years ago. She had a 22-year-old son who is in the Marines and leads a helicopter crew at Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, Emmlo Winningham said. On Friday, she said, the Marines and the American Red Cross helped get him on a flight to Charlotte.
“It’s a sad time,” Emmlo Winningham said. “It’s a hard time. If I could say two words: gun control.”
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