Crime & Courts

Police identify man whose body was found dismembered; suspect arrested

Keith Edward McCarthy, 41, was charged with first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and concealing the death of Jaime Hernandez. Hernandez’s body was found stuffed into a barrel in Stallings on July 24.
Keith Edward McCarthy, 41, was charged with first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and concealing the death of Jaime Hernandez. Hernandez’s body was found stuffed into a barrel in Stallings on July 24. Union County Sheriff’s Office

Authorities have identified a man whose dismembered body was found stuffed into a barrel in Stallings last week and arrested a man in connection with the killing.

Authorities say the victim was Jaime Toledano Hernandez, 41, of Monroe. On Thursday, police searched the home of Keith Edward McCarthy and charged him with first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and concealing Hernandez’s death.

McCarthy, 41, of Monroe, was taken to the Union County jail. No bail had been set for him Thursday.

Police have not said what led to Hernandez’s killing or why they believe McCarthy dismembered and tried to conceal the body. The cause of death was also unclear. Hernandez’s body has been sent to the Mecklenburg Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

The Observer’s news partner, WBTV, reported that Hernandez’s body was found Friday evening by a man scouting the woods between Smith Farm Road and Stallings Road for deer tracks. The man was following the tracks when he came upon a pile of bones in a barrel, and some on the ground.

A woman who identified herself as McCarthy’s wife declined to speak when reached by cellphone.

Until Thursday, McCarthy’s criminal record included mostly minor offenses. He’s awaiting trial on a May charge of giving fictitious information to an officer.

In May 2014, Hernandez was accused of crawling into a Union County home to spy on a 19-year-old woman while she was showering. The charge was dismissed. Hernandez also had two restraining orders taken out against him by another woman, in 2007 and 2014.

(Correction: Story updated July 31, 2015, to correct who took out restraining orders against Jaime Toledano Hernandez.)

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: 704-358-5046, @CleveWootson

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