Former Concord Pastor Convicted Of 2016 Murder, Attempted Murder

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Timothy Crumitie, 52, was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday for the 2016 Murder of Michael Gretsinger and the Attempted Murder of Gretsinger’s girlfriend.

Crumitie was found guilty of First-Degree Murder, Attempted First-Degree Murder, Second-Degree Burglary, First-Degree Kidnapping, and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.

On the evening of August 5, 2016, officials say Crumitie hid in the Charlotte apartment of his ex-girlfriend Kimberly Cherry. When Cherry and Gretsinger came in, Crumitie confronted them with a gun and forced them to their knees.

Reports say Crumitie then shot Gretsinger in the head, and kidnapped Cherry at gunpoint. The two returned to Crumitie’s Rowan County home where he held her captive for hours.

The next morning, Crumitie drove Cherry to a construction site near her apartment where officials say he shot her in the back of the head, and again in the temple while she played dead on the ground.

Crumitie put her back in the trunk and dropped the vehicle off at her apartment complex. Once she was sure Crumitie was gone, Cherry exscaped the trunk and sought help.

Officials say Gretsinger died nine days after the shooting. Cherry miraculously survived the incident because doctors say the bullets failed to penetrate her skull.

She testified against Crumitie during his trial.

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CHARLOTTE, NC – Kimberly Gretsinger says says former Concord pastor Timothy Crumitie should have been in jail, not at a University Area apartment complex where police say he shot two people Saturday.

“It’s shocking. It’s frightening. Because why is he out there?” she asks.

Gretsinger’s son Michael was seriously injured and Crumitie’s ex-girlfriend Kimberly Cherry was also hurt but is expected to recover.

“A lot of anger and frustration, especially hearing the, his previous stories,” says Michael’s brother Eric.

Crumitie has a long criminal history dating back to the 1980’s, but a few recent cases stand out.

In 2005, Cumitie was accused of murdering his former business partner Danny Johnson, but charges were dropped because of a lack of evidence.

Then in 2013, he told investigators he shot and killed James Blanks in self-defense, after he claimed Blanks shot him and his wife Sharon. She also died.

And later that year he was convicted of burning down his Concord home and taking the insurance money.

“Evidently the state of North Carolina told him that what you did was OK, so we’re going to let you out so go ahead and do it again,” Kimberly Gretsinger says.

Crumitie was arrested Sunday and is now facing several charges including attempted First Degree Murder.

Monday, a judge kept his bond at a little over a million dollars.

Gretsinger’s family says, given Crumitie’s history, that still isn’t enough.

“To put somebody in position to where they’re able to put themselves back out that door is another situation of somebody slipping through the cracks,” says brother Dionne Gretsinger.