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Police Investigating Humboldt Homicide

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

HUMBOLDT, Tenn.- Humboldt police are investigating an apparent homicide after a woman's body was found dead inside of an apartment.

Late Monday, police issued a warrant charging Eddie Charles Warlick, 45, of Humboldt, with first degree murder. Warlick was taken into custody for questioning Saturday, after officers discovered the body of Bernice Boykin, 54, dead inside of his apartment. Residents living inside the apartment complex said they are in disbelief, many said they couldn't imagine Warlick hurting anyone.

"Well it's scary, it's really scary to me," said landlord Rebecca Arnold. "I'd really have to have a lot of proof to believe this boy did anything to harm her because I trust him that much."

Neighbors said they saw Warlick visibly shaken outside of his apartment, calling for help around 5 a.m, Saturday. According to neighbors, Warlick claimed he had woken up and discovered his girlfriend unresponsive.

"I feel bad, real bad. I don't like that to go on around me. I hate that happened around here I really hate it," said neighbor Charles Price. " He said that he woke up and couldn't get her awake. "

Arnold said tenants who checked on Boykin before police arrived, noticed bruises. "One of my tenants, he went in with him and said she did have bruises on her face maybe that was when he was slapping her trying to get her to wake," said Arnold. " He said he shook her. He had slapped her and beat her on the chest to try and revive her."

Investigators said they're still trying to determine the exact cause of death. Boykin's body has been taken to the Medical Examiner's Office in Memphis for an Autopsy. Officers said Warlick will be transferred to the Gibson County Jail Before he is officially charged in Humboldt Generally Sessions Court.

If you have any information in this case call Humboldt Police at (731) 784-1322.