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Police have charged a woman with first-degree kidnapping and common-law robbery in connection with the suspicious death of a man who was found in his apartment Sunday evening.

Lessie Denise Graves, 41, has been arrested in the case, police said in a news release. Authorities are not releasing further information about Graves’ connection to the death, citing the ongoing investigation.

Officers conducted a welfare check on James Herbert McCormick, 69, of 3954 Sugarcreek Drive about 8:50 p.m. Sunday at the request of a good friend, said Lt. Gregory Dorn.

When they arrived at McCormick’s apartment, they discovered him dead under suspicious circumstances. Dorn declined to comment on the circumstances, however, he said it appeared McCormick had been deceased for a few days.

Neighbors hadn’t heard anything unusual, Dorn said.

It’s unclear when McCormick was last seen alive, but it’s believed to have been sometime between Dec. 21 and Dec. 23. Police are working to determine a more specific time, Dorn said.

An autopsy is scheduled for today to determine McCormick’s cause of death.

Graves is being held in the Forsyth County Detention Center under $120,600 secured bond and has a Jan. 2 court date. Authorities did not release a booking photograph of Graves, citing investigative reasons.

Police ask anyone with information to call 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 337-727-2800. They can also reach Crime Stoppers of Winston-Salem on Facebook.

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