Aug. 2, 2011 -- A high-heeled shoe is being described as a murder weapon after Georgia police said a woman struck her male roommate in the head with her shoe, a fatal blow that killed him.
Thelma Carter, 46, has been charged with murder and is currently sitting in an Augusta, Ga.,jail. She is accused of killing 58-year-old Robert Higdon, a friend who shared a trailer with her.
Carter told police that the two had been involved in an altercation on Sunday regarding a puppy that they shared together, police said.
"She said she got upset with him. He put his hands on her and she took her shoes off and hit him in the head," Lt. Calvin Chew of the Richmond County Police Department told ABCNews.com, adding that alcohol was involved.
It wasn't until Monday that Carter notified police that Higdon was dead. She told police she left the trailer that night after the fight and got a hotel with her boyfriend. When she didn't hear from Higdon, she got worried, returned home, and found him lying in the same spot he had fallen the day before.
Chew said it's too early to tell how many times Higdon was hit in the head due to the blood at the crime scene, but an autopsy is scheduled for today to determine the cause of death.
"The shoe was more of a wide heel, so not the real thin and narrow type. I guess it was just the blunt force of it," said Chew. "If it was just one strike, that's a little unusual."