CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte Mecklenburg Police say a mother of three – found dead this weekend – was living with a man previously charged with strangulation.
CMPD says there is a link between men who strangle women then kill or commit other violent crimes.
Stephanie Potts’ body was found yesterday in her home in Steele Creek.
Her live-in boyfriend, Deshawn Clipper, was arrested today.
The people who loved Potts are the reason police showed up to this home yesterday.
Police got a call from someone concerned that Potts could be in danger. When police arrived, they found her inside her home dead.
“Instantly in my gut like I saw I knew it was her,” said Leanna Snellings, a longtime friend of Potts.
Snellings says her gut instincts were tied to Potts' since the two had been best friends for about 20 years.
“They say you don’t get to pick your family. But we did," said Snellings. "We grew together as sisters.”
So when she got the call that a woman was found dead... the devastation hit immediately.
“I felt like my heart came out of my body and broke into a million pieces,” said Snellings.
Captain Chris Dozier, head of homicide and sexual assault unit for CMPD, said that when officers arrived at the home “it was readily apparent that she was a victim of a homicide.”
In September, Clipper was arrested for assaulting Potts.
Captain Dozier with CMPD says these domestic violence cases are happening too often.
“This is the 8th case this year of a homicide that is domestic related," said Dozier.
Snellings is coming to terms with losing her best friend and the mother of 3 children.
“She was a devoted mother," said Snellings. "She did everything for her kids they came first. They were her life.”
She also has a message for the man accused of taking her friend’s life.
“He doesn’t deserve to walk and be free," said Snellings.
Taking care of the children in this situation is a priority for police and for the family who is currently caring for the children.
Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600