Daugherty was charged with first-degree murder after family and friends of Elizabeth Annette Carney found her body inside their mobile home July 12.
According to Bradley County Sheriff’s Office investigative reports released by Bob Gault, media relations coordinator, preliminary examination and a following autopsy initially concluded Carney’s cause of death was in fact strangulation.
Carney’s body was found wrapped inside a blanket.
A first-degree murder warrant was soon issued for Daugherty, who reportedly fled Bradley County. Cherokee, N.C., police located Daugherty after he attempted to rob a tourist, beating and shocking her with a stun gun.
Daugherty attempted to flee the scene but police took him into custody shortly after the tourist’s 8 year-old daughter called for help at a motel where the mother and daughter were guests.
Daugherty’s vehicle, a 1995 Mercury Villager van, was located crashed into a ravine near the motel.
Lt. Ray Sweeney of the Cherokee Police Department Criminal Investigations Division 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. The alleged victim didn’t press charges, according to reports.
Bradley County deputies were initially contacted by family members after they reportedly had not seen Carney for several days.
They were en route to the mobile home at 1235 6th St. N.E. when they learned through police communications that her family and friends had found Carney’s body wrapped in blankets and stuffed inside a closet.
Daugherty remains under no bond pending an August grand jury finding. If a true bill is handed down, he will face a Sept. 19 re-arraignment hearing in Bradley County Criminal Court.