A Chapel Hill man has been charged in the stabbing death of a 56-year-old man found in his apartment the day after Christmas 2015, Carrboro police said Friday.
Tory Amyr Pope, 32, who lives on South Estes Drive in Chapel Hill, was charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon and was being held without the option of posting bail in the Orange County jail. His first court appearance was Friday.
Todd Booker Richardson was found dead Dec. 26, 2015, when police went to his apartment at 101 N.C. 54 in Carrboro after being asked to check on him by his brother after he said he hadn’t heard from him in over a week.
Booker had been stabbed 17 times and died from multiple wounds to the chest and abdomen, according to an autopsy report.
He also had seven incised wounds, or cuts typically caused by a slashing motion, on his head, neck, chest, right hand and right foot, the report said.
An arrest report showed that house keys, a cell phone and approximately $224.08 in cash, all belonging to Richardson, was stolen during the December incident.
Detectives were interested in Pope for some time, but recent information led them to charge him Thursday, Capt. Chris Atack said.
The N.C. State Crime Laboratory was able to identify a fingerprint as Pope’s found on an unopened Icehouse beer found in Richardson’s apartment, according to a search warrant.
On Aug. 19, investigators discovered Pope sold a cell phone to the ecoATM at University Mall (University Place) in Chapel Hill that was later acquired by law enforcement. According to the search warrant, it matched the serial number of the stolen phone.
Pope had been arrested Monday on a warrant charging him with failing to appear for a court session in another case, and he had been held in the jail in Hillsborough since then, Orange County Sheriff’s Office records showed.
Pope was released from prison in 2008 after serving three years and eight months on 2003 charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and kidnapping, according to court records.
In August 2015 he was convicted of possession or use of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor tht excludes marijuana, and was sentenced to probation.
Pope violated probation and was sent to the Durham County jail in October to serve the rest of his sentence, said Keith Acree, spokesman for the N.C. Department of Correction.
He was released from jail in November, about two months before Richardson’s death, according to jail records.
Pope is scheduled to appear in court again Jan. 30.