The man charged with the first-degree murder of his wife earlier this week is now in the Bradley County Jail after waiving extradition from Cherokee, N.C.
New details surround the death of Elizabeth Annette Carney, 40. David Keith Daugherty, 41, was being held in Cherokee on the warrant regarding the “strangling” death of Carney, whom he had just married a few weeks ago.
Her body was found by family and friends Tuesday, inside the couple’s 6th Street home.
According to investigators, Carney’s body was “wrapped up, laying in a bedroom closet.”
Family and friends reportedly went to the residence and called Bradley County Sheriff’s Office reporting Carney as missing. While deputies were enroute, family members discovered her body.
After a search warrant was obtained by Bradley County Sheriff detectives, they found Carney’s body “wrapped from head to toe in two layers of blankets which were tied together with nylon straps.”
According to an affidavit for the warrant issued for Daugherty’s arrest, “there was a large ligature mark on Ms. Daugherty’s neck indicating strangulation. This indicated Ms. Daugherty’s death was due to homicide.”
The affidavit also noted Alex Longwell, who was at the residence prior to the discovery of the body, was on the telephone with David Daugherty.
Daugherty reportedly heard screams as the family found Carney’s body and allegedly stated to Longwell, “I guess they found her.”
“When Alex (Longwell) asked what he was talking about, Mr. Daugherty responded by stating that he killed Elizabeth,” according to the affidavit signed by Detective Sgt. John Stone.
Daugherty fled Bradley County and was arrested by Cherokee, N.C., Police Department officers after they responded to a disturbance call.
Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for BCSO, said he spoke with Lt. Ray Sweeney who was on the scene when Daugherty was taken into custody.
According to Sweeney, Cherokee police arrived on the scene at a motel where Daugherty had apparently approached a motel guest, who was reading a book outside her room.
Sweeney told Gault the woman, reportedly from Ellenboro, N.C., was approached by a man she thought was a motel employee asking to check her towels in her room.
As the woman entered the room, Daugherty reportedly began attacking the woman with a stun gun. The woman’s daughter ran out of the room to the motel office to get help.
When police arrived, Daugherty had fled on foot but officers spotted him behind some bushes, then took him into custody at gunpoint.
It wasn’t until after officers had him at the jail that they learned his identity and the Tennessee murder warrants, according to Gault.
While Gault was on the phone with Sweeney, the detective told him they had just located Daugherty’s van, crashed into a ravine near the motel where the alleged attack had taken place.
Cherokee officials contemplated felony charges initially; however, no charges were brought by the victim in North Carolina. Daugherty reportedly waived extradition to Tennessee.
He was returned to Bradley County late Friday and is being housed at the Bradley County Jail pending court proceedings.