Investigators have obtained DNA evidence from a fast-food employee charged in a fatal stabbing in Nash County.
A Wake County sheriff’s deputy on Wednesday returned a search warrant application that was used to obtain a DNA sample from Shantonio Lucas, 27, of Battleboro. Lucas, who has been in custody in Central Prison in Raleigh since September, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Glorika Townsend.
Investigators in Nash County wanted to compare the DNA sample from Lucas’ cheek with evidence they have collected from the trunk of a car where Townsend was placed after she was fatally stabbed. The detectives also want to compare the DNA with evidence found at the edge of a wooded area, where the accused man allegedly dragged the victim.
Prior to his arrest, Lucas worked at the Sonic restaurant in Rocky Mount, according to an arrest warrant.
Court documents did not disclose a motive for the stabbing death or how Lucas and Townsend knew one another.
Police think the crime happened sometime between Aug. 31 and Sept. 4. Nash County deputies on Sept. 5 found Townsend’s body in a stand of woods just off a U.S. 64 eastbound exit ramp near N. Old Franklin Road, according to the search warrant.
Investigators charged Lucas on Sept. 4, and he led them to the wooded area where they found Townsend’s body, Nash County sheriff’s detective Sgt. S.T. Gardner reported.
Lucas told the investigators that he had stabbed Townsend, put her body in the trunk of her car and later dragged her body into the woods, Gardner reported.
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