CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police charged a man in connection with the homicide death of a woman on Friday.

Leroy "Jay" Cooper III, 41, was arrested in Greensboro and was transported back to Charlotte. CMPD is charging Cooper with first-degree murder.

According to CMPD, officers responded to a welfare check in the 12300 block of Verdant Court near South Tryon Street just before 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday. When officers arrived on the scene, they found 34-year-old Jennifer Renee Smith inside the home. Medic pronounced her dead at the scene.

Smith's death marked the 27th homicide in Charlotte area this year.