Rome, GA

Georgia Man Arrested For Freezing His Grandmother Alive


Suspect had a previous bench warrant out for his arrest after being charged with hiring a hitman to kill his wife
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Robert Keith Tincher III of Rome, Georgia is currently behind bars in Floyd County. The 29-year-old is being held on several charges, with the most notable being his connection to the death of his grandmother, 82-year-old Doris Cumming.

According to a Floyd County Police report, Tincher confessed to putting his injured grandmother in a freezer after a fall. He reportedly wrapped his grandmother in plastic bags and kept her concealed in a large freezer for several months.

Tincher himself admitted that his grandmother was indeed alive and moving when he shoved her body into the freezer. He also stated that the force of pushing her into the freezer resulted in a broken back. In fact, he admitted that he "heard and saw multiple bones break."

And why did he opt to put his grandmother's living body in a freezer instead of seeking out medical attention? According to Tincher, it was because of the warrant that was already out for his arrest.

The freezer was kept at Tincher's resident for several months, but it was actually discovered at another location when police were called for a welfare check requested by a family member. Tincher moved and brought the freezer to his new place, but family members were concerned and suspicious. Tincher had told relatives that Cumming moved out of state, but the fact that no one had heard from her in months created the suspicion that led police right to the well-preserved evidence.

Previous to this incident, Tincher was caught trying to put a hit out on his wife via Facebook Messenger. After he failed to appear in court to face those charges, a bench warrant was put out on him in 2018.

In spite of his actions, Tincher was reportedly quite close with his grandmother. He spoke of her with great affection, saying she was the "only family member that gave him the courtesy and love and attention he needed."

For now, Tincher remains at Floyd County Jail. He is facing charges for the death of his grandmother as well as his failure to appear in court back in 2018.

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