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Man charged with killing woman on Beech Mountain, police report

Officers initially intoned Betsy Dellinger's death did not appear to be an accident

BEECH MOUNTAIN, N.C. — Police say a man is charged with killing a woman on Beech Mountain after she was found dead about one week ago.

The Beech Mountain Police Department responded to Upper Holiday Lane around 3:35 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12. When they arrived, a woman identified as Betsy Dellinger was lying on the ground, unresponsive and not breathing. Police said she was pronounced dead and taken to a nearby hospital. 

On Friday, Nov. 19, police announced that 33-year-old Levi Hicks of Elk Park, North Carolina was charged with killing Dellinger. He's also charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and felony possession of meth.

The department said as of writing, Hicks is being held by the Carter County Sheriff's Office in Tennessee on unrelated charges. He is awaiting extradition back to North Carolina.

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