Charlotte man charged with murder in girlfriend’s death pleads guilty

Guilty plea in murder of Steel Creek mom

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The boyfriend of a woman whose body was found inside a Steele Creek home in November 2018 pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Thursday.

Stephanie Potts, 35, was found around inside a home on Black Chestnut Place, in a neighborhood off of Steele Creek Road.

Potts’ boyfriend at the time, 31-year-old Deshawn Clipper, is accused of killing Potts and putting her body in a closet. The two allegedly had been fighting.

Clipper was arrested in Greensboro in connection to Potts’ killing in November.

Clipper was charged with first-degree murder. According to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, Clipper was arrested in September for assault on a female.

Clipper
Clipper (Source: Mecklenburg County Jail)

Officers responded to a “check the welfare” call for service. When they arrived, officers found Potts inside the residence. Police described her as a “victim of violence.”

Officers said this did not appear to be random violence, but did not say how the woman died.

“My sister was not one to be controlled and I think that caused a lot of issues between them,” said Jamie Hoffman, Potts’ sister. “I miss her everyday and I wish she could come back right now, but unfortunately, she can’t.”

In court on Thursday, the family of Clipper apologized directly to Pott’s family.

“I am so sorry, we want to apologize for that. Hopefully, we will see her again one day in Heaven,” said Clipper’s aunt.

WBTV asked Hoffman if that apology made a difference.

“At least we didn’t walk out of there with no apology. He obviously was not going to say anything so I am glad that someone did,” said Hoffman. “I respect her for that.”

Potts’ best friend, Leanna Snellings, said she is completely “heartbroken” to lose Potts, who she says was a mother.

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