ARMUCHEE, Ga. (AP) — Police say a man in northwestern Georgia killed his grandmother by stuffing her in the freezer while she was still alive.
Floyd County police discovered the body of Doris Cumming, 82, late Thursday in the Armuchee home she shared with her nephew, 29-year-old Robert Keith Tincher III.
Tincher was charged with murder, exacerbating a battery, and concealing another’s death. He is still imprisoned in Rome. It is not clear if he has an attorney who can comment on his behalf.
Police said Cumming’s family believed she had moved out of state, but became concerned after not receiving word from her and informed that she may be missing.
Police said they believe Cumming was injured one fall in December and that instead of getting medical attention, Tincher dragged her home. The criminal charges state that Tincher “heard and saw a lot of broken bones”. He then wrapped her in a plastic bag and placed her in a large freezer, alleging that Tincher “admitted her back broke when it entered the freezer.” The charges state that “no alteration or provocation” resulted in the acts.
“According to what we determined, at the time, he believed she was still breathing and had some movement at the time she went into the freezer,” said Floyd County Coroner. Brittany Werner told WAGA-TV.
Tincher continued to live in the home with the body inside the freezer for months, but moved it to a storage facility in March, fearing Cumming’s body might be found.
Werner said Tincher told police he didn’t call 911 because he was wanted because of terrorist threats made in 2018 against his wife.
Tincher also told investigators how much he loved his grandmother.
“He said she was the only family member that gave him the courtesy and love and care he needed,” Werner said.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause and time of Cumming’s death.