North Carolina man who hit $10M lottery jackpot charged with murder
Body of 23-year-old victim found in hotel room by maid
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A North Carolina man who won a $10 million lottery in 2017 has been charged with murder in the death of a woman who was found lifeless in a hotel room.
Michael Todd Hill, 52, of Leland, was arrested Tuesday after the body of 23-year-old Keonna Graham was discovered the day before.
Hill, who won his fortune from an Ultimate Millions scratch-off ticket in August 2017, checked into the hotel alone on Sunday, according to a local NBC affiliate. No one on staff saw Graham during his stay, he said.
A housekeeper discovered her body Monday when she went to clean the room after Hill’s scheduled checkout.
This photo provided by the Shallotte Police Department, in North Carolina, shows Michael Todd Hill. Hill, a North Carolina man who won a $10 million lottery prize in 2017, has been arrested on a murder charge in the killing of a woman whose body was found at a hotel, on Monday, July 20, 2020. (Shallotte Police Department via AP)
Graham worked as a correctional officer at a prison in Burgaw, North Carolina, and previously worked with mentally disabled people in a local rehabilitation center. She was remembered by a relative as a generous and adventurous woman who enjoyed hiking and riding bicycles.
“She did all of this like it was second nature to her,” said Antionette Lee, her cousin, who added that Graham had an “unbreakable bond” with her her 10-year-old sister.
“We are hurting. We are in pain,” Lee said. “Our family is devastated.”
No further details about the killing were available.
Hill had purchased his winning scratch-off from a local gas station, the station reported. Employees there said he stopped in often and seemed perfectly pleasant. After hitting it big with the lottery prize, he returned to the store to give the woman who sold him the winning ticket $2,000.
He has been ordered to be held without bond at a Brunswick County jail after his initial court appearance.
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation assisted in the investigation.A North Carolina man who won a $10 million lottery in 2017 has been charged with murder in the death of a woman who was found lifeless in a hotel room.
Witnesses testify in relation to Cleveland man who was murdered after winning lottery
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – Issac Carson, affectionately known as “Bookie,” was murdered back in June of 2018.
His mother took the stand Tuesday and spoke about the last time she saw her oldest son alive.
It was six days before police found him dead.
Carson had just won the lottery and stopped by to share his new wealth with his mother.
“He said he got part of his money from a bar owner,” Carson said.
Another witness later stated that Carson sold his $50,000 lottery ticket and walked away with $20,000 cash.
“To avoid all of the deductions and things like that were going to come out of it,” the witness said.
That witness said Carson was like a brother to him.
Days before his death, Carson came to the witness’s home with a lot of money asking him not to tell anyone he had won the lottery.
But the witness said there were a lot people who already knew.
“He just hollered, ‘Alright, I’m going to go over and holler at them, and then he took off,” the witness said.
Witnesses told prosecutors they saw two suspects in Carson’s car, arguing with him shortly before shots rang out in the parking lot.
Police found Carson dead outside of Lady Luck Lounge.
Officials called a crime scene detective, who gathered pictures, DNA, and a fingerprint from the crime scene.
Tuesday, the detective showed the courtroom the pictures that were taken the day of the crime.
The defense attacked the detective for what was shown in those pictures and how the evidence was collected.
They pressed him about possible DNA contamination and the amount of time it took him to take some samples.
“But in this case, for whatever reason, you didn’t do the inside a couple hours later, or even a couple days later. You did the inside eight days later,” the defense attorney said.
Michael Ward is charged with eight counts, including aggravated murder and aggravated robbery.
Was Wards DNA found at the scene, and if so, does the defense have a case surrounding contamination?Issac Carson, affectionately known as “Bookie,” was murdered back in June of 2018. ]]>