Police say that a Minnesota woman was murdered in her workplace parking lot when she refused to accept a coworker’s advances.
According to a St. Cloud police Statement.
The statement said that Hammond was saved by the responding officers, but that she later died on the spot.
Police claim they were able, based on witness testimony at the scene, to identify a suspect and then located Michael Jordan Carpenter (36 years old) in a neighboring community and took him into custody.
According to the statement of probable cause filed with the prosecutors, a handgun matching the style and brand of the shell casings found on the scene was discovered during the arrest.
After a search of Hammond’s phone by police, they found texts from the victim to Carpenter rejecting his advances, according to the probable cause statement.
“[Hammond] did not want to be touched by the defendant, nor did she want to be manipulated by him,”The court document claims. The court document also stated that Carpenter made numerous advances to Hammond, which she refused repeatedly over the last month.
According to the document, police also discovered texts between Hammond and another person saying Carpenter was mad at him. According to the probable cause statement, Carpenter was described by his coworkers as having a bad temper.
Savannah Townely is a supervisor at Dubow Inc. where Carpenter and Hammond worked. She shared her feelings via a Facebook message PostAfter losing a dear coworker.
“Words cannot describe the pain and hurt I have been feeling these last 2 days. Nicole Hammond, you were such a beautiful, smart, determined young woman. You deserved to live your best life but instead got your life taken from you,”Townley.
Carpenter was charged with second-degree murder in the death Hammond. He was released on conditional release bail at $2,000,000 According to court documents, he is scheduled to appear in court on November 8.
Inside Edition Digital reached the clerk’s office to learn that Carpenter had not yet entered a plea.
Inside Edition Digital reached Carpenter’s lawyer’s office and was told that he wouldn’t comment.