Plymouth man charged with murder

Published 1:59 am Thursday, February 27, 2003

By By MIKE VOSS, Contributing Editor
PLYMOUTH – A 22-year-old Plymouth resident faces a second-degree murder charge in connection with the early-morning death of his girlfriend, according to the Plymouth Police Department.
Mohymen Munnelyn, a resident of 411 Brinkley Ave., arrived at the Plymouth Police Department about 4:25 Thursday morning and told officers he had murdered his girlfriend, Candie Belcher, who lived with him, according to Plymouth police Lt. Preston Ward. Munnelyn told officers that he and Belcher were arguing when she came at him with a knife, according to a press release issued by the department.
Munnelyn told officers he took the knife from Belcher and stabbed her with it, Ward said.
"He was upset. He was acting like he was very remorseful about what happened," Ward said about Munnelyn's demeanor reporting the incident.
Ward and patrol officer Heath Tompkins went to Munnelyn's residence, where they found Belcher dead, apparently from a knife wound to her neck, reads the release. Two children, one 2 years old and the other 1 year old, were found unharmed inside the residence. They were taken to their maternal grandparents, who live in Plymouth.
Munnelyn has a history of forgery and uttering charges, along with a drug charge, Ward said. Munnelyn doesn't have a history of assault-related charges, as far as the department has been able to determine, Ward added.
Munnelyn and Belcher had lived at the residence about two months after moving from Fuquay-Varina. Ward said there are no indications of domestic abuse involving the couple since they moved to the residence.
Neither Munnelyn nor Belcher was employed. Belcher was attending school, trying to earn a general-education-development diploma, Ward noted.
Munnelyn, who was arrested and placed in the Washington County Jail under a $500,000 bond, was arraigned in court Thursday. His next court appearance is set for March 12.
Ward said an autopsy of Belcher's body is scheduled for today in Greenville.