Knightdale man held in Virginia in connection with sister’s death

mhankerson@newsobserver.comOctober 14, 2013 

— Police are investigating the suspected murder of 55-year-old Seanne Winters Barnette after she was found dead in her Legacy Oaks apartment Saturday afternoon.

Virginia State Police found Barnette’s vehicle, driven by her brother, John Wesley Winters Jr., in Prince William County, in northern Virginia later on Saturday night. Winters lived in the apartment with his sister.

Winters was taken to Sentara Hospital in Woodbridge, Va. and is being held in the Prince William County Adult Detention Center.

Barnette’s family asked police to conduct a well-being check on her, and her body was found in her apartment.

Knightdale police have not said how Barnette died and they have not directly connected Winters to her death.

As of press time, Knightdale police were seeking a search warrant to further investigate any role Winters might have had in his sister’s death.

Knightdale police have charged Winters in connection with the vehicle’s theft and he was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, Oct. 15 in Prince William County. Winters will appear in court there because Virginia police served the arrest warrant for the theft charge.

Knightdale police are still working with Virginia authorities to determine whether Winters had any connection with Barnette’s death.

If police pursue the case as a murder, it will be the second murder in Knightdale’s history. The first happened in 2010 when Travis Sherman of Raleigh bludgeoned Knightdale Domino’s manager Kenneth Ring to death.

Sherman received a life sentence for that murder.


Hankerson: 919-829-4826; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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