Police arrested a man Wednesday in connection with the death this month of a woman found in her Fort Mill apartment.
On Jan. 5, authorities discovered the body of Linda Lee Hertzog, 54, on the floor of her Peachtree Place apartment. The next day, Fort Mill authorities issued an arrest warrant charging Jimmy Charles Kendall III of Fort Mill with driving under suspension.
On Wednesday, officials charged Kendall, 31, with murder, according to a press release issued by the Fort Mill Police Department.
Police say they believe Kendall not only caused Hertzog's death but also took her 2008 Pontiac G5 "for his personal use, and with the intent to deprive her heirs and/or the lien holder of possession."
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One warrant alleges that Kendall cashed a $200 check drawn on Hertzog's account.
"The account holder's signature was determined to be forged" in a transaction at a Wachovia Bank branch at 403 Tom Hall St.
Authorities have not said how Kendall knew Hertzog. However, a police report and three of four arrest warrants says that Hertzog and Kendall lived at 608 Elberta Lane. A fourth warrant lists Kendall's address at Courtney Lane.
Also on Wednesday, York County Coroner Sabrina Gast released a preliminary finding of asphyxiation as the cause of death.
An autopsy was completed Jan. 6. Results are expected in six to eight weeks, Gast said.
At a bond hearing Wednesday, Municipal Court Judge Peter Lenzi set Kendall's bond at $20,650 on the driving under suspension, grand larceny and forgery and uttering charges.
Lenzi said a Circuit Court Judge must set bond on the murder charge. Kendall's York court date is March 21.
Hertzog was employed with Dimension Data in Charlotte. A human resource manager there called Fort Mill Police and asked them to check on her, police say. When officers arrived at Hertzog's Peachtree Place apartment around 10 p.m. Jan. 5., they found her body inside the residence.
Kendall's police record shows multiple charges including an escape attempt as well as assault and battery with intent to kill; two counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, failure to surrender a driver's license and several counts of driving under suspension, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.
He was taken to the York County Detention Center on Wednesday.