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Bradley murder victim's family relieved after arrest

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BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- A man accused of murdering his new bride has been arrested in Cherokee, North Carolina.

David Daugherty is accused of murdering Elizabeth Carney in Bradley County.

Cherokee Police say Daugherty approached a woman as she sat outside her motel room, reading a book.  He identified himself as a motel employee.

When the woman entered the room, Daugherty allegedly hit her with a stun gun, knocking her to the floor.

Her eight-year-old daughter ran to the motel office for help.  Police found him hiding in the bushes near the motel.

Elizabeth Carney's family says a wave of relief hit them when they heard the news. They're praising the little girl; they're now calling a hero.

"My mom  told me he's caught and I jumped up and down and screamed yes, yes, yes," says Debra Ravens, Carney's sister.

Ravens says her family was grateful to hear the news.

"The 8 year old girl ran for help is very very courageous. Very strong to be able to," says Ravens.

Now ravens and her family are looking for the strength to make it through the coming days.

It was just Tuesday when a neighbor found the body of 40-year-old Carney in her mobile home just across the street from her parents home.

"You have to deal with it or fall apart and sometimes you have to do both," says Ravens.

The complaint states a friend was on the phone with Daugherty and that he not only heard her families screams but said "I guess they found her". Daugherty, also, told the friend he killed her.

"The thing I'll miss the most is just all of her. Everything she could be and everything she could have still been if she wasn't gone," says Ravens.

Carney has 4 children, two belonging to Daugherty, but ravens says the couple had recently married.

They reunited about 4 months ago, after Daugherty served a stint in prison.

Ravens and her family say only one thing will keep them strong.

"Faith, God and the strength that he gives you to face each day and each trial. That's what keeps you going," says Ravens.

Daugherty waived extradition and was transported back to Bradley County.


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