Crime

Woman found dead in Cornelius motel bathtub; husband charged with murder

A Charlotte woman was found dead in a bathtub at a Cornelius motel and police say the victim’s husband has been charged with murder.

Cornelius Police identified the dead woman as Danielle Newell. Police officers found her dead in the Microtel Inn on Torrence Chapel Road just after midnight.

Shortly after, they identified her husband, Timothy Leonard, as a suspect. They located him in Cleveland County on Tuesday morning.

Cornelius Police interviewed him and obtained a warrant for first-degree murder. Details of his arrest and bail information weren’t available on Tuesday. Police say the investigation is ongoing. They have not released a motive.

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

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