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Judge reduced bond for suspect charged in Denver woman’s death

Patricia Ann Stroupe

Staff Writer

A judge has decreased the bond for one of three suspects charged in the November death of a Denver woman along an area roadway.

Patricia Ann Stroupe, 50, of Springs East Road, appeared in a Lincoln County Superior Courtroom Tuesday morning for felony accessory after the fact of murder, Clerk of Court officials said.

She is accused, along with her son and son’s girlfriend, of running over Sherry Jo Tobeler, 54, on Nov. 1, after throwing the victim from her own truck on N.C. 150, deputies said.

The four of them had been riding together in the vehicle at the time of the incident.

Three days later, Tobeler died from head injuries at Carolinas Medical Center-Main in Charlotte.

On Tuesday, Judge James W. Morgan reduced Stroupe’s bond in the case from $40,000 to $25,000.

She had little to say to news reporters when exiting the courthouse but did prove remorseful over the victim’s death.

“I’m sorry,” she said.

Stroupe’s son Derek Allen Williams, 25, of 421 Springs East Road, and his girlfriend Alesha Michelle Werner, also 25, of Lilly Trail in Maiden, have additonally been charged in the case but have yet to receive a next court date.

Williams faces one felony count of second-degree murder while Werner faces one felony count of accessory after the fact of murder.

A grand jury indicted all three suspects in November, Clerk of Court officials said.

Deputies noted they initially found Tobeler lying injured along the busy county roadway not far from Mack Ballard Road.

She met the supects at an area bar earlier that night, deputies said, and they hitched a ride with her, deputies said.

After an argument broke out inside the vehicle, the victim excited the truck and called Catawba County 911, deputies said.

While being transferred to the Lincoln County Communications Center, Tobeler somehow fell to the ground, during which time Williams drove the truck over her before fleeing the scene with his mom and girlfriend, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies said they later arrested Stroupe at her residence but found the young couple hiding in a room at Days Inn in Lincolnton.

Officers found the truck three days later in a pond along Springs East Road. Channel 9’s news helicopter assisted the search.

According to Sheriff David Carpenter, a suspect also led deputies to the site.





Image courtesy of KaAnSuli | Lincoln Times-News

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