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Deputies: Man admits killing woman found in burned-out vehicle

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

A Catawba man has confessed to killing a young woman who was found dead inside a burned-out car northwest of Sherrills Ford on Thursday morning, deputies said.
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid confirmed with the Times-News on Friday that Jermaine Wilkes, 32, of 2282 Edna Street, has been charged with killing 22-year-old Brianne Mary Ginty, of 6898 Hudson Chapel Road in Catawba.
Deputies apprehended Wilkes around 6 p.m. Thursday.
Reid said the suspect and victim were acquaintances but did not give further information as to how the two knew each other.
Deputies located Ginty’s body inside a burned car around 10 a.m. Thursday in a wooded area near Hopewell Church Road and Sherrills Ford Road, miles from the victim’s home, where Reid said the murder took place.
Deputies immediately labeled the incident a “suspicious death” but have yet to release how the victim died or a motive for the murder.
The homicide case is the fourth in Catawba County this year, Reid said.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office called in the State Bureau of Investigation to assist them in the investigation.
Wilkes is currently being held without bond for one count each of murder, burning personal property and destroying remains, according to the Catawba County jail website.

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