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Police: Months needed to verify cause of death in recent slaying

JENNA-LEY HARRISON     STAFF WRITER
Police said it will be at least several months before a cause of death is determined in last month’s city homicide case in which a man is accused of killing his girlfriend and leaving her body inside her Lincolnton residence.
Lt. Brian Greene, head of criminal investigations, told the Times-News Monday that Lynsette Jo Latusek’s autopsy “indicates homicide.” However, further details on her death have yet to be determined at this time.
Authorities with the State Bureau of Investigation are currently conducting an autopsy at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.
Latusek’s boyfriend, 26-year-old Matthew Carol Broome, of 410 West Sycamore Street, has been charged with her murder, authorities said.
During his first court appearance on Oct. 21, Broome was appointed Catawba County defense attorney Theodore Cummings III, according to the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office.
Broome was also originally scheduled to make a second court appearance on Tuesday. However, that date has since been scrapped and his next appearance not been rescheduled at this time, authorities said.
Broome was apprehended in Charlotte the evening Latusek’s body was found, Oct. 19, as a “person of interest,” police said. Late that night, he was officially charged with first-degree murder following intense police questioning.
Earlier that morning, Latusek’s father discovered the woman’s body lying on the sofa inside her West Sycamore Street residence, authorities said.
Lincolnton Police Chief Rodney Jordan has previously revealed that she had a “small laceration” on her head. He disputed claims that appeared in other news media in the area about her having other obvious and severe injuries.
Maiden authorities have also charged Broome with breaking and entering and larceny.
In addition, his extensive criminal record dates back to 2003 and spans Lincoln, Catawba and Gaston Counties.
In 2010, Broome was released from prison after a 10-month stay for vehicular break-ins, according to public records on the North Carolina Department of Correction website.
At least five other felonies also mark his criminal record. Offenses include forgery, breaking and entering, larceny and safecracking, NC DOC shows.

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