GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – A man wanted for stealing his dead girlfriend’s SUV on the day she was killed is now in jail on a charge of murder.
James Purvis, Jr. was caught in Raleigh and initially charged with larceny of a motor vehicle.
Deputies say 41-year-old Jessica Riggs was found shot to death just before 5:00 p.m. last Thursday at a home on Rick Circle, outside of Greenville.
Purvis was the woman’s live-in boyfriend, according to deputies.
The 35-year-old Purvis was seen leaving the home with the woman’s Ford Explorer, according to deputies. That stolen vehicle was recovered by Raleigh police near a bus station.
Yesterday, deputies said the man was a person of interest in Riggs’ murder.
Purvis is in the Pitt County jail without bond.