Asheville police have arrested and charged a Marshall man with first-degree murder in the death of a 62-year-old woman who worked as a Realtor/broker in the city and was found severely injured in a downtown parking lot.

The Asheville Police Department said in a news release that police found a woman seriously injured at 56 Central Ave. at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The woman, Christina “Tina” Kessinger, was taken to Mission Hospital, where she died.

On Saturday, Madison County Sheriff’s Department deputies found Kessinger’s car and a suspect, James Michael Norton, 29, according to the news release. Norton was charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the death of Kessinger, according to the release.norton_crime_asheville_2016

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that Kessinger was stabbed in the head with a screw driver. Kessinger was a Realtor/broker with the Asheville Realty Group.



  1. What an awful response, Tim. Have some class.

  2. Unaffiliated Voter says:

    why are there so many EVIL people from Madison County?

    it’s evident from photo that he’s low class redneck POS.

    who are his parents? shall we call them out? where are they? no statement about their boy?

  3. “with a dangerous weapon in connection with the death ”

    Isn’t it time we put an end to screwdriver violence?

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