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An arrest was made Friday afternoon in connection with the murder of Richard Baxter Davenport Jr., found dead in his home on Byrd Ridge Road near North Wilkesboro on April 16.

Wilkes Sheriff’s Department officers arrested April Dawn Pack on one count of first-degree murder at her home at 1432 Byrd Ridge Road, said Wilkes Sheriff Chris Shew. Ms. Pack’s 29th birthday is Tuesday.

Shew said Ms. Pack was one of Davenport’s caregivers, but he declined to comment on a motive. He said her home is near where Davenport lived, but is on the opposite side of Byrd Ridge Road.

Ms. Pack has a first appearance scheduled in Wilkes District Court Tuesday and remains in the Women’s Detention Center on Boston Avenue, North Wilkesboro, without bond.

Davenport, 59, was dead when a relative found him in the victim’s small wood frame home at 1413 Byrd Ridge Road about 9 a.m. April 16 and dialed 911.

Shew said the relative had gone to check on Davenport, who rented the house and lived there alone. Shew said Davenport was last seen alive on April 15.

He said that according to preliminary autopsy results, Davenport died after the jugular vein in his neck was severed by a sharp instrument. The autopsy was conducted at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.

Davenport was an amputee, had a prosthetic leg and used a wheelchair, said Shew. He also was a military veteran and was unemployed.

Shew said the investigation is continuing, with Det. Janet Gryder as the lead investigator for the sheriff’s department. The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting the sheriff’s department.

Byrd Ridge Road is a dead end road that intersects with N.C. 18 North opposite Mount Lawn Cemetery.

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