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Man charged in woman's 2018 death, which he reported as a suicide, police say
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Man charged in woman's 2018 death, which he reported as a suicide, police say

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GREENSBORO — A Greensboro man has been charged with second-degree murder in the 2018 death of a woman that he told police died by hanging herself.

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Robert Spake III, 37, was arrested Tuesday by the Greensboro Police Department Violent Criminal Apprehension Team and charged in the death of 29-year-old Joy Laila Grace of Greensboro, police said in a news release.

Officers responded about 6:10 a.m. Nov. 28, 2018, to 608 Candlewood Drive for a report of a body. Police said Spake told officers Grace had committed suicide by hanging. However, police said evidence at the scene led detectives to believe the death was not a suicide. They launched a suspicious death investigation and later determined Spake was not telling the truth about some of the details at the time.

The district attorney's office reviewed the case and determined a charge of second-degree murder was warranted, police said.

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