Warrant charges man accused of kidnapping woman with murder

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police in North Carolina have obtained a murder warrant against a homeless Navy veteran charged with kidnapping a young woman from Virginia.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said in a statement late Wednesday that 45-year-old Eric Brian Brown would be charged with killing 19-year-old Ashanti Billie.

Billie was reported missing Sept. 18 when she failed to show up for work at a restaurant on the Navy base in Norfolk, Virginia. Her body was found Sept. 29 behind a church in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Brown was charged in federal court Wednesday with kidnapping Billie. He is in custody in Norfolk.

It could not be immediately determined if he has a lawyer.

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