18-year-old arrested, identified as person of interest in death of Morganton man

Officers arrested 18-year-old Iziaha Corpening
Published: Sep. 26, 2021 at 10:23 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 26, 2021 at 11:51 AM EDT
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MORGANTON, N.C. (WBTV) - Police in Morganton are investigating a death, and they have a person of interest in custody.

Officers located and arrested 18-year-old Iziaha Corpening Sunday. He has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Police responded to a home on Burkemont Avenue in Morganton around 7 p.m. Saturday for a man who was in cardiac arrest.

When they arrived at the scene, they found 67-year-old Jerry Corpening unresponsive. He was pronounced dead a short time later. Police say Corpening suffered injuries.

They also say witnesses spotted Izaiah Corpening at the home prior to the 911 call.

Officials say that an autopsy will determine the exact cause of death and connection to the assault.

Officers told WBTV they felt there was strong enough connection to name Izaiah Corpening as a person of interest.

Police have not said how the two are related but there is a warrant out for his arrest.

Izaiah Corpening is being held at the Burke County jail under a $100,000 bond.

If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.

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