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Troutman man accused of killing his estranged wife’s boyfriend is caught Wednesday in Charlotte

A Troutman man who police say was wanted in the killing of his estranged wife’s boyfriend was arrested Wednesday in Charlotte.

Jeffrey Allen Gillespie, 33, was detained without incident about 10:30 a.m. He was inside a vehicle that had pulled into the parking lot of a business on Euclid Avenue, Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell said.

Iredell County sheriff’s deputies and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police had been tracking a known associate of Gillespie’s in Charlotte, which led to the arrest, Campbell said.

Gillespie was wanted in the killing early Tuesday of his estranged wife’s boyfriend, Robert Joseph Swedlund, 25.

Swedlund’s body was found outside Troutman Animal Hospital on Murdock Road early Tuesday.

A newspaper carrier discovered the body about 3 a.m., Campbell said.

Two hours earlier, the sheriff said, Leann Gillespie called 911 to report that her estranged husband had just texted her to say he’d just killed her boyfriend in a parking lot. Leann Gillespie said during her 911 call that her estranged husband refused to say exactly where Swedlund was killed, Campbell said.

Authorities tried to locate Swedlund via his cellphone but were unsuccessful, the sheriff said. Shortly before 3 a.m., a second call came in to 911, this one from a (Statesville) Record & Landmark newspaper carrier. The carrier reported that she’d found a body, Campbell said.

Campbell told the Observer that investigators turned their attention to Charlotte because of Gillespie’s associate there and because Gillespie is from Charlotte. Court records show he lived on Rea Road as recently as last year.

Sheriff’s detectives were scheduled to transport Gillespie back to Iredell County later Wednesday, where he will go before a magistrate to be officially charged.

In October, Leann Gillespie was granted a temporary restraining order against her estranged husband, court records show.

Gillespie also has a trial pending on charges of communicating threats against his estranged wife, records show. Staff researcher Maria David contributed.

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