CHARLOTTE, NC - Authorities have released new details about the night Amanda Strous was killed.
Mathew Benner, 28, is accused of murdering Strous and then setting her apartment on fire back on June 18.
Detectives interviewed several witnesses who said heard a woman screaming from the burning apartment in the 1200 block of Toscana Way. According to a report filed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, witnesses say Mathew Benner, “sweating profusely” that night and “physically refusing to allow anyone to enter the burning apartment.”
Witnesses said they saw noticed blood on Benner’s legs as he was taking off to the third floor and then down to the parking lot, according to the same report.
During a search of Benner’s apartment, investigators said they found clothing, keys, matches, tape, laptops, notebook, tablet, receipt, box, lighters, mail , gloves, firearms and ammunition.
Benner fled Nevada where he was later apprehended by the Nye County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators were able to track Benner using his cell phone’s GPS signal. He waived extradition and was returned to Charlotte on July 4 after reportedly confessing to killing Strous.
Strous, 27, was a student counselor at Central Piedmont Community College. Originally from Pennsylvania, she was living in Southwest Charlotte and was planning to get married at the end of July, according to friends.
His bond hearing is set for July 13. A probable cause hearing is scheduled for July 25.