Fuquay-Varina Police Department arrested and charged Cynthia Williams Sellars, a former assisted-living employee, with murder. Police said Sellars was an employee at the time at Windsor Point Retirement Community. She was involved in an assault while working at the facility. According to arrest warrants, Sellers was initially charged with assault on individuals with a disability for pushing Cooper, causing her to fall and break her left hip bone.
The North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an investigation. Police said Sellers pushed the victim and vulnerable adult Lillie Johnson Cooper. Cooper sustained a serious fatal injury from the assault. The medical examiner indicated the manner of death was deemed a homicide with the assault being the main cause of death.
Her next court appearance is November 15 at 9 a.m.