Monday, December 31, 2012

Lumberton, NC: Robeson County authorities: Lumberton man killed girlfriend, himself in murder-suicide

LUMBERTON - Robeson County Sheriff's Office investigators determined that a Lumberton man used a handgun to shoot his girlfriend and then himself in a murder-suicide Tuesday afternoon.

Sheriff Kenneth Sealey identified the two as Laurie Wheeler, 31, of 81 Thomas Drive, and her boyfriend, James Moore, 46, of 303 Lee Circle.

The Sheriff's Office received a 911 call about 3:30 p.m. from Wheeler's sister after she found the bodies in a mobile home on Thomas Drive on Tuesday afternoon.

Wheeler and Moore had been dating and neighbors told investigators that the couple had domestic issues, said Maj. Howard Branch. Investigators received information that the couple argued a lot, and they had done so in the days before they died. There were no reports of domestic violence to local law enforcement agencies.

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