• 56-year-old Memphis woman strangled to death identified, arrest made

    By: Scott Madaus

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis police are investigating after a woman was strangled to death. 

    The victim was found unresponsive in the 1700 block of West Lloyd Circle around 12:45 a.m. Monday morning.

    According to the Memphis Police Department, Jimmy Lewis A.K.A. Cowboy, 37, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder and rape. 

    A CrimeStoppers tip named "Cowboy" as the person of interest.

    Roberetta Hugo, 56, has been positively identified as the victim in this case. She was found lying face down in the grass. 

    Police said Hugo was unresponsive, bleeding and partially naked when she was found. 

    The cause of death was determined to be a homicide by strangulation. 

    With word of an arrest in the strangulation death of Hugo, life inside the Nutbush market where she worked still seems surreal.

    “I feel like she's going to come open the door and say like every day, 'Good morning!' I can't believe she's dead,” Waleed Al Hadei said.

    Employees told us Hugo had been working at the Crown supermarket for years and that they on a daily basis would help the struggling woman with whatever she needed.

    “We just miss her, you know. She was a good person. Everybody, even the little kids, she doesn't bother nobody.”

    Sunday night, she got off work around 11:45 p.m., walked next door alone to the Mapco gas station, then walked across the street to go home, but she never got there.


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