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February 7, 2014

Police: DA awaits autopsy report

Thursday, February 6, 2014 — Albemarle police are still investigating whether to upgrade the charges of the couple that robbed a woman who later died.

Capt. David Dulin said Wednesday that police have yet to receive a report from the medical examiner to verify that 75-year-old Jeanette Howell Harward’s death was due to her Jan. 8 purse snatching robbery.

Harward’s funeral was Saturday.

Detectives have been conferring with the district attorney about the case that could bump robbery charges to homicide, Dulin said. Before additional charges can be filed, police are forced to wait until the investigation is complete.

Harward died Jan. 28 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where she had remained since she was airlifted with injuries suffered from her robbery in the Walmart parking lot.

On Jan. 15, police charged Amy Rebecca Lambeth, 40, and Timothy Dennis Green, 44, both of High Point, with Harward’s robbery.

Green is charged with pushing Harward to the ground when he yanked her handbag from her shoulder under the ruse of helping her return a shopping buggy.

Green then fled on foot to a waiting car, believed to be driven by Lambeth, according to police.

A friend and shopping companian of Harward chased Green across the parking lot and managed to get the license plate of the suspects’ car, a 2002 Chevrolet Impala, before it fled east on N.C. Highway 24-27.

A medic helicopter flew Harward to CMC where she remained for 20 days before her death.

At the time of the crime Harward, a Stanly County native, had an implanted defibrillator to keep her heart in rhythm due to a pre-existing medical condition, police said.  

To submit story ideas, contact Ritchie Starnes at (704) 982-2121 ext. 28 or email ritchie@stanlynewspress.com.

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