CHADBOURN, NC (WWAY) -- Chadbourn Police are scratching their heads today after a woman flagged down an officer early Sunday morning and admitted to killing her boyfriend. What she asked for next has police stumped.
"I just think it's horrible. I mean everything's always been so quiet around here and it's just horrible," said Amy Enzor. She works around the corner from the house where police say 38-year-old Mattie Lee Bradford murdered 60-year-old Edward Jerome Jackson. Police say Bradford flagged down an officer Sunday around 4 a.m. and admitted to killing Jackson with a hatchet on Friday. Enzor says she'd seen the couple earlier Friday and was shocked to hear about the murder.
"They didn't seem like they were having any problems, and they just took their helmets off and they were getting off (their moped)," Enzor said.
But other neighbors say they weren't surprised by the murder at 317 Strawberry Blvd. They say they've seen police at the home several times and could often hear the couple arguing. Earlier this year police say they responded to a domestic disturbance at the address. And when they showed up Bradford was heavily intoxicated.
Monday, an autopsy showed Jackson died from a blow to the back of the head. Police say they believe Bradford used the side of the hatchet to hit him while he was sleeping. But after admitting to the crime and showing them the murder weapon, police say Bradford asked for a lawyer. That leaves investigators and neighbors to question why she committed the crime.
"I'm a registered nurse. I've seen a lot of things, but for that to happen, I mean that's not just a crime of passion," Enzor said.
Bradford has an extensive criminal record including several drug charges. She was arrested last month for a break-in and robbery at a home just out side of Chadbourn. She is being held with no bond at the Columbus County Jail.