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Son arrested in 82-year-old mother’s death in south Charlotte home

Son's 911 call: 'There's no way she's alive'

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police release the 911 call in the homicide of 82-year-old Ina Feldman. Irwin Feldman is charged with his mother's 2014 death.
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police release the 911 call in the homicide of 82-year-old Ina Feldman. Irwin Feldman is charged with his mother's 2014 death.

Two years after Ina Feldman was found strangled and beaten to death in her south Charlotte home, police say they have charged her 58-year-old son with her murder.

Irwin Jay Feldman initially told police he found her body about 9:30 a.m. Feb. 4, 2014, in her townhouse on Torrey Pines Court, a south Charlotte community of mostly older residents with little crime. Irwin lived a few doors down from his mother.

In the two years since Feldman was killed, police have not released many developments in the case.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Major Cam Selvey, speaking from police headquarters on Thursday, said police have been actively working the case since Feldman’s death. Over the past few weeks, investigators developed probable cause that linked Irwin Feldman to the killing, he said.

They invited Feldman in to talk on Thursday morning. After the interview, Feldman was arrested and charged with murder. He was in Mecklenburg jail late Thursday with no bail set. It was the first time he had been charged with a crime, according to a court records search conducted by the Observer.

In a brief press conference, police wouldn’t release a motive in the killing. They also wouldn’t identify the key piece of evidence that led to Feldman’s arrest or say why it took two years to arrest a suspect. Selvey said more interviews are taking place.

Another son, Harold Feldman, declined to comment when reached by the Observer on Thursday.

The brutal, seemingly random attack on an elderly woman in her home put residents on edge. Police beefed up patrols and held meetings with neighborhood leaders after Feldman’s killing. Officers conducted free security assessments of the homes on Torrey Pines Court.

On Thursday, Selvey tried to ease those fears.

“There is no reason for that community to be afraid of any sort of random violence,” he said. “We have made an arrest, and unfortunately, it was her son. It is a known suspect in this case.”

Police believe Ina Feldman could have been killed as many as 36 hours before they were called. Investigators have not released a suspected motive or said whether she was the victim of a robbery. And they haven’t said whether there were signs of forced entry or a struggle at Feldman’s one-story townhouse just off Carmel Road.

Selvey wouldn’t say whether investigators believe a robbery was staged to cover up the killing. “Irwin Feldman is charged with murder,” he said.

Feldman was wearing her nightgown when she was killed, according to an autopsy obtained by the Observer. She also had on yellow metal earrings with black stones, a matching necklace with a clear stone pendant and a bracelet.

Her son said he found her lying in bed, her face, hair and the bed covered in blood, and she had no pulse.

The autopsy showed she had injuries all over her body – cuts on her face and head, blows to her right eye and the back of her head, multiple bruises on her right arm, and a fractured left thumb.

Irwin Feldman described many of those injuries when he called 911 on Feb. 4.

“There’s blood all over her hair, it looks like she got hit in the head with something,” he told a 911 dispatcher. “There’s blood over her. It looks like she’s beyond any help.”

Staff researcher Maria David contributed.

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