Joshua Wade Kennedy

Joshua Wade Kennedy

A man in jail after being charged with the murder of a young Davidson woman was found with a weapon this week.

Joshua Wade Kennedy, 35, was charged with felony possession of a dangerous weapon in prison on Wednesday, May 1. WBTV reported that deputies found a “filed down” toothbrush they said had been fashioned into a weapon.

Kennedy is in jail under no bond after being charged in the murder of Lakyn Jade Bailey in January. He is a registered sex offender in West Virginia and had been living in Iredell and Rowan counties.

Back in January it was determined that Bailey’s murder was a result of a meth drug deal that turned violent. She was found shot to death inside a car parked at the Country Cupboard Store on Statesville Road in Salisbury.

James Christopher Rife is also charged with murder and attempted robbery in the case.

The toothbrush was discovered inside Kennedy’s cell and he admitted it belonged to him.

WBTV reported that Kennedy told deputies he was using the toothbrush to pack paper into an abscessed tooth and he wasn’t planning to use it as a weapon.

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