Teen charged with murder after mom found with plastic bag over head

CARY, N.C. (WNCN) — Cary authorities have charged a Cary teen with second-degree murder in the 2015 death of his mother.

Arnav Uppalapati, 17, is charged in the death of Nalili Tellaprolu, authorities said.

On Dec. 17, 2015, emergency workers were called to the family home in the 2100 block of Roland Glen Road after Uppalapati and a family friend found Tellaprolu’s body in the home’s garage.

She was found tangled to death with a plastic bag over her head.

Cary officials said in a news release Uppalapati is facing murder charge which is a Class B1 felony. The only type of murder that is defined that way under North Carolina law is second-degree murder.

Nalili Tellaprolu

“Our thoughts are with Ms. Tellaprolu’s family and friends as they continue to come to terms with their loss while facing the very tragic outcome of our thorough investigation,” said Police Chief Tony Godwin in a news release. “We appreciate the community’s continued support as we did our due diligence in making this arrest.

Uppalapati is expected to appear in court again in April.

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