Accused killer charged now with throwing urine at deputy | Crime
SALISBURY - A man who is in the Rowan County Detention Center, charged with the murder of his former roommate, is now facing new charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer.
According to a report with the Rowan County Sheriff's Office, Jasper "Joe" Whitman broke a piece of metal off from inside his cell and was using it as a weapon, threatening other inmates and detention officers. At one point Whitman threw urine at those officers.
Whitman was charged with murder in April of 2012.
The accusations came just hours after police say they wanted to talk to Whitman about a missing person, Davis Gilyard, 52, who was found in the trunk of an abandoned vehicle.
According to Kannapolis police, officers were called about a missing person around 7:34 p.m. days prior to Whitman's arrest. Gilyard was last seen along Akron Avenue.
When officers were investigating the case, they went to the home along Akron Avenue and said the condition of the home lead them to suspect unusual circumstances in the missing persons report.
Around the same time, officers were called to a suspicious vehicle along the 2500 block of Lane Street parked in a "peculiar position near wood-line," the report states.
When officers searched the vehicle, they found Gilyard's body in the trunk of the vehicle.
Investigators followed Whitman and girlfriend Misty Hernandez in their vehicle down Interstate 85 to Exit 88 in Davidson County where the pulled them over.
Whitman was immediately taken into custody because he was wanted for an outstanding probation violation, then later charged with Gilyard's murder.
The new charges filed against Whitman include assault on a law enforcement officer, injury to real property, possession of a dangerous weapon by a prisoner, and malicious conduct by a prisoner.