Charity Worley homicide update: Agents at the door
To have survived the pain to this point was an act of will Linda Casey wasn’t sure she had, which makes recent developments in the investigation into her daughter’s homicide all the more difficult to understand. A few weeks back, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation arrived on Casey’s doorstep.
Before Casey left her home to sit through a nearly five-hour interview, she was almost relieved. After 16 months with no answers from Henderson County detectives, the arrival of the SBI was proof that the investigation had not been shelved. Finally, it seemed as though the case might move forward.
Casey thought, “They are working.”
Nine hours later, Casey sat shaking with one thought in her head. “There are no more cruel or meaner people alive than the SBI.”
The intervening hours between relief and fury contained among the most painful moments Casey and her family have experienced since Charity Worley’s death. The SBI showed up at Casey’s door unannounced. Casey, still in her pajamas, was one of three people grilled by the SBI that afternoon. The other two? Casey’s surviving children, Chris and Lindsey.
Casey and her family had reached the point they could finally talk about Worley without falling apart.
“We can love her life and not relive her death,” Casey said.
Now, Casey says, they are being treated like suspects.
It’s been 17 months since Casey’s family found Worley bloody and dead outside their Hendersonville, NC home. Worley went outside to warm up her car on a cold December morning and never came back inside. Somebody beat her to death with a pipe, and to this day investigators have not been able to identify who is responsible for the homicide.
In fact, if what Casey believes is true, the investigation has regressed to square one. Rather than investigators from the Sheriff’s Office showing up to talk, SBI agents are appearing unannounced and with massive accusations.
“They terrorized my son and daughter,” Casey said.
According to Casey, the SBI’s intent on that Thursday was to get the 24-year-old Lindsey to confess.
Worley’s little sister lived with Casey and Worley, and though she had seen Worley’s body the morning of the beating, Lindsey had yet to see the autopsy photos. That changed when, according to Casey, the SBI agents in charge of the interview pulled out a file of photos and thrust them in front of the victim’s little sister.
“They showed her a picture of Charity with her head shaved to show the extent of the head wounds and told her it would go easier if she confessed now,” Casey said. “It was mean. Just mean.”
To an outsider, what happened might seem normal. Lindsey had been the first to find Worley’s body on the morning of the homicide. She was a relative. What’s more, Lindsey was in the middle of overcoming some problems of her own. No one could criticize an investigator’s interest in Lindsey as a potential suspect, at least in the beginning of the investigation 17 months ago.
Casey, however, now looks on it as cruel. So much time has passed since the death. The family has endured the pain of not knowing who killed Worley or why. Now, they find themselves at the center of the investigation and with the SBI’s sights set on the victim’s little sister.
“’Lindsey can only cry,” Casey said “She is scared. She is a single mother who has been told all evidence leads to you. The photos of Charity were horrendous. They were close-up headshots with blood running down her face. She is intubated, bruised, nose broken, not the way you would like to remember your sister.”
Casey’s family has hired an attorney and is currently waiting to see who shows up at the door next.