A man in Georgia reportedly killed his injured grandmother by leaving her to die in a freezer.
According to police, Robert Keith Tincher III, 29, lived in Rome, Georgia, in December 2021. After suffering a fall in her home, Tincher allegedly put his grandmother in plastic bags and dragged her to a large freezer that was located inside the home. Police say he then left her there to freeze to death.
Police Say Georgia Man Left Injured Grandmother To Freeze To Death In Family Freezer
In a news release, police said that Tincher has confessed to the crime and admitted that, after his grandmother, Doris Cumming, 82 suffered a fall in the home, he put her in plastic bags and then dragged her into the freezer, where he left her to die.
Tincher has been charged with murder, aggravated battery, and concealing the death of another. Police officials said that his grandmother showed signs of being alive inside the freezer after she was found deceased. Floyd County investigator Brittany Werner said that Tincher himself “described her movement and breathing when the freezer was locked.”
Werner told WAGA-TV that, “from what we determined, at the time, he believed she was still breathing and had some movement at the time she was going into the freezer.” Werner explained that he explained her movements inside the locked freezer “in graphic detail,” adding that he believed that he had broken his grandmother’s back when he was forcing her into the freezer.
Man Allegedly Left Grandmother’s Dead Body In Freezer For Months
Floyd County police discovered the body of Doris Cumming, 82, late Thursday in the Armuchee home she shared with her grandson, 29-year-old Robert Keith Tincher III. https://t.co/kcmzMSjQ66
— Louie Tran (@louie_tran) April 16, 2022
The Floyd County police department believed that Tincher never intended to confess to his grandmother’s disappearance. The freezer stayed at the home until March 2022, when the police department said it was “transported to another location within Floyd County.”
Police say that they recovered the elderly women’s body from the freezer at a different location late last week “after following up on a concern voiced by a family member” who suspected that Cumming might have moved out of state, “but had not communicated with her family since the supposed move.”
Werner explained that investigators into Cumming’s disappearance contacted Tincher. According to her, Tincher did not call for emergency responders when his grandmother was injured because he had a warrant out for his arrest due to terrorist threats that he had made on social media toward his wife.
According to investigators, in July 2018, Tincher had used Facebook Messenger to attempt to hire a hitman to murder his wife. He was indicted a few months later in September 2018 but did not appear in court. This led to a felony bench warrant for his arrest.
Georgia Man Says He Loved His Grandmother, Despite Killing Her
Robert Keith Tincher III, de 29 años, fue arrestado por el asesinato a su abuela de 82 años en su casa de Armuchee.https://t.co/Eu9OIvDO0G
— Univision Atlanta (@univision34ATL) April 16, 2022
Werner told WAGA-TV that, despite the gruesome murder, Tincher had expressed love for his grandmother. “He said she was the only family member that gave him the courtesy and love and attention he needed,” she said.
Tincher has been arrested and is currently being held at the Floyd County Jail. In addition to the charges related to his grandmother’s death, he has also been charged with a felony for failing to appear in court in 2018.
As per the news release, Floyd County Coroner Gene Proctor explained that Cumming’s body has been taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Atlanta, Georgia, for further investigation.