This article was published in the Lenoir News-Topic.

Michael Joseph Whisnant, 36, of Lenoir was arrested and charged with first-degree murder Friday.

Lenoir Police received a call to check the welfare of a resident at 810 Wild Cherry Place at 11:49 p.m. Friday, according to a press release from the department. Officers who arrived on the scene located one deceased victim.

Michael Joseph Whisnant of 810 Wild Cherry Place was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. Whisnant is being held without bond in the Caldwell County detention center pending a first appearance in Lenoir district court Monday.

Officers are withholding the name of the victim until family has been notified.

Paul Beaver, who owns the property, said Whisnant’s name was not on the lease for 810 Wild Cherry Place. A female was leasing the property, he said.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100 or Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300.

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