ST. MATTHEWS — A St. Matthews woman has been charged with murder after a prostitution deal turned into robbery, authorities say.
Shawn Denise Scott, 33, appeared before Calhoun County Magistrate Robert Lake Friday to be presented with her rights after being formally charged with murder.
Calhoun County Coroner Donnie Porth said an autopsy concluded that 72-year-old David Wilson bled to death after being stabbed at least once in the left upper torso.
Other injuries discovered during the autopsy included what looked to be wounds from several blows to the head, Porth said.
St. Matthews Police Chief Michael Smalls said Wilson’s body was discovered Tuesday at his John Felder Apartments residence after neighbors reported him missing.
Smalls said an apartment manager called police after approaching Wilson’s apartment and noticing an odor. Authorities went inside where they found Wilson wedged between a bed and wall.
Initially, investigators believed the man’s death may have been from natural causes. They said advanced decomposition prevented their making an immediate determination as to what caused his death at the time of the initial discovery.
Officials believe Wilson may have been dead since Friday or Saturday.
On Wednesday, the State Law Enforcement Division was asked to assist after the autopsy results came back and it was determined Wilson had been stabbed. Smalls said investigators then canvassed the area around the Pearl Street apartment complex in the southwest section of the city where they found several individuals who reported seeing a woman in the area working as a prostitute.
Witnesses said they saw that woman leaving Wilson’s apartment and then minutes later saw the same woman in different clothing. Believing the actions of the woman suspicious, they informed police.
“We went out and interviewed the suspect,” Smalls said. “The suspect did say she hit the victim with a board.”
That same woman was interviewed again on Thursday, Smalls said, and admitted having been at the apartment with the victim after she was hired for her services.
She said she was hired for $40. But in an effort to take the man’s entire wallet, she stabbed him with a knife she picked up in the residence, Smalls said.
Smalls said the homicide, the first in the town of 2,000 residents in more than 10 years, was solved in less than 24 hours.
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