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Woman, 18, is arrested for murder of 69-year-old man found dead in North Carolina cemetery

Woman, 18, is arrested for murder of 69-year-old man found dead in North Carolina cemetery

  • Maria Elizabeth Pena-Echevarria, 18, has been charged with murder in Raleigh 
  • She is being held at Wake County Detention Center in North Carolina’s capital 
  • James Lacy Taylor, 69, was found dead at Mt. Olivet Cemetery on Friday night 
  • Cemetery is next to a forest that is managed by North Carolina State University 

Maria Elizabeth Pena-Echeverria, 18, has been arrested and charged with murder by authorities in Raleigh, North Carolina

An 18-year-old woman has been charged with the murder of a 69-year-old man found dead in a North Carolina cemetery.

Raleigh Police announced the arrest of Maria Elizabeth Pena-Echeverria on Saturday night. 

She has been charged with murder and is being held at the Wake County Detention Center.

Police were called to Mount Olivet Cemetery in the city Friday night, where they found a seriously injured man. Authorities did not specify the nature of the injuries.

He was declared dead later at a nearby hospital.

On Saturday, police identified the man as James Lacy Taylor. 

Police were called to Mount Olivet Cemetery in the city Friday night, where they found a seriously injured man. Authorities did not specify the nature of the injuries. On Saturday, police identified the man as James Lacy Taylor

Police were called to Mount Olivet Cemetery in the city Friday night, where they found a seriously injured man. Authorities did not specify the nature of the injuries. On Saturday, police identified the man as James Lacy Taylor

It was unclear whether Pena-Echeverria knew Taylor before the alleged attack. 

The investigation remains ongoing. 

The cemetery is adjacent to Schenck Forest, which is managed by North Carolina State University. 

Campus Police had put out an alert Friday night saying witnesses saw a woman and two men leaving the scene. 

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