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Estranged husband arrested for Madison Heights murder, grand larceny

By Web Staff, WDBJ7, news@wdbj7.com
Published On: Aug 14 2013 12:06:04 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 16 2013 08:06:34 PM EDT

Police arrested Sylvester Cheatham this morning in Wilmington, North Carolina on a fugitive warrant.

NEW HANOVER CO., N.C. -

The estranged husband of a woman found dead in a Madison Heights hotel was extradited from Wilmington NC to Central Virginia Friday.

Sylvester Cheatham was arrested earlier this week at an Econo Lodge in Wilmington, North Carolina. Cheatham has now been charged with both first degree murder and grand larceny.

Cheatham is being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond bending an advisement hearing in Amherst General District Court, according to a news release.

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The car of Amherst County murder victim Arnita Cheatham was recovered at the time of her estranged husband's arrest, according to the Amherst County Sheriff's Office.

Sylvester Cheatham was arrested earlier this week at an Econo Lodge in Wilmington, North Carolina. Cheatham has been charged with grand larceny. He is a person of interest in Arnita Cheatham's death.

Arnita Cheatham was found dead in a Madison Heights hotel room on August 2.

At this time there is no schedule to return Sylvester Cheatham to Virginia, according to the Amherst County Sheriff's Office.

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Original story from August 14, 2013

The estranged husband of a woman found dead in a Madison Heights hotel has been arrested in North Carolina.

Sylvester Cheatham was arrested in Wilmington on a fugitive warrant. He is being held at the New Hanover County Jail on $500,000 secured bond.

Cheatham is a person of interest in the killing of Arnita Cheatham. She was found dead in the Executive Inn on August 2.

Sylvester Cheatham is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for an extradition hearing.