Man charged in Bertie County woman’s death

Aaron Riddick (Photo provided by the Bertie County Sheriff's Office)

BERTIE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) – An arrest has been made in a Bertie County woman’s death. 80-year-old Bessie White’s body was found in a house fire last week, and investigators ruled her death a homicide.

Bertie County Sheriff John Holley told WAVY News’ sister station WITN 32-year-old Aaron Riddick was charged with murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. WITN reports Riddick took $400 in cash from White and used a knife with an eight-inch blade to kill her, according to an arrest warrant.

WITN also reports Riddick is a distant relative of White.

Crews were called to White’s home on Highway 45 last Tuesday. Her body was found inside the home, and an autopsy revealed she had been stabbed before the fire.

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