Contrary to information published in Mondayâ€™s edition of the Times-News, Lincolnton murder suspect Matthew Carol Broome appeared in court Wednesday on a probation charge, not the first-degree murder charge he faces in the death of his girlfriend Lynsette Jo Latusek.
A date for his second hearing has yet to be set in the case, according to the Lincoln County Clerk of Courtâ€™s Office.
Broome, 26, is accused of killing 37-year-old Latusek inside their West Sycamore Street home in October in the cityâ€™s first homicide case in four years.
The womanâ€™s father found her body inside the residence the morning of Oct. 19, according to previous Times-News reports.
A cause of death has yet to be determined. An autopsy of the body is being conducted in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The incident remains under investigation by Lincolnton Police and the state Bureau of Investigation.
Broomeâ€™s criminal record on the North Carolina Department of Correction website revealed that heâ€™s spent 10 months behind bars for breaking and entering vehicles in Lincoln County. He was released from prison a year ago this month. Additional felonies on Broomeâ€™s record include forgery and uttering a forged instrument, safecracking / safe robbery, an additional breaking and entering offense and larceny after breaking and entering.
Broome is set to appear in court in February 2012 for his next probation violation hearing.
Heâ€™s currently being held without bond.