Woman, 18, arrested for murder of 69-year-old man found dead in North Carolina cemetery

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Woman, 18, arrested for murder of 69-year-old man found dead in North Carolina cemetery

  • Maria Elizabeth Pena-Echevarria, 18, has been charged with murder in Raleigh
  • She is being held in the Wake County Detention Center in the capital of North Carolina
  • James Lacy Taylor, 69, was found dead on Mt. Olivet Cemetery on Friday evening
  • The cemetery is located next to a forest managed by North Carolina State University

Maria Elizabeth Pena-Echeverria, 18, has been arrested and charged with murder by authorities in Raleigh, North Carolina

Maria Elizabeth Pena-Echeverria, 18, has been arrested and charged with murder by authorities in Raleigh, North Carolina

An 18-year-old woman has been charged with the murder of a 69-year-old man who was found dead in a North Carolina cemetery.

The Raleigh Police Department announced the arrest of Maria Elizabeth Pena-Echeverria on Saturday night.

She has been charged with murder and is being held in the Wake County Detention Center.

Police were called to Mount Olivet cemetery in the city on Friday evening, where they found a seriously injured man. Authorities have not specified the nature of the injuries.

He was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

On Saturday, police identified the man as James Lacy Taylor.

Police were called to the city's Mount Olivet cemetery on Friday night, where they found a seriously injured man.  Authorities have not specified the nature of the injuries.  On Saturday, police identified the man as James Lacy Taylor

Police were called to the city’s Mount Olivet cemetery on Friday night, where they found a seriously injured man. Authorities have not specified the nature of the injuries. On Saturday, police identified the man as James Lacy Taylor

It was unclear whether Pena-Echeverria knew Taylor before the alleged attack.

The investigation is still ongoing.

The cemetery is adjacent to Schenck Forest, which is administered by North Carolina State University.

Campus police had issued a warning Friday night saying witnesses had seen a woman and two men leave the scene.

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