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12/11/2021 9:39:00 AM
Shelby Woman Charged With Catawba County Murder

Hickory Police Department
Press Release

Hickory Police have charged a young Shelby woman with the murder of an elderly Hickory man last weekend.

Last Saturday (Dec. 4th), Hickory Police responded to 2001 Startown Road, Preston Ridge Apartment 307 after receiving a call about a deceased person at the residence. Officers located the homicide victim, 72-year-old Robert Bruce Godfrey, inside the residence.

During the initial investigation, Godfrey’s vehicle was discovered missing from the residence and was reported stolen. The stolen vehicle was recovered by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police in the possession of Abraham Adon, Jr., a 28-year-old man from Fort Mill, SC. On Tuesday (Dec. 7th), Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police attempted to stop Adon who fled into South Carolina. Adon is currently being held in South Carolina awaiting extradition for charges of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Fleeing to Elude Arrest.

On Wednesday (Dec. 8th), Hickory Police arrested Bryana Salymar Martines, 22, of Shelby and charged her with First Degree Murder and Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle. She is being held at the Catawba County Detention Facility with no bond.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or contact Inv. S. Hudson directly at 828-261-2620 or

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