2 charged with murder in Lake Gaston home invasion, fatal fire

2 charged with murder in Lake Gaston home invasion, fatal fire”

The Warren County Sheriff's Office and NC State Bureau of Investigation will provide an update at 4 this afternoon at the Roanoke-Wildwood Fire Department, 790 Lizard Creek Road, Littleton, on the home invasion and deadly fire that occurred in the Lake Gaston area Friday. The suspects forced Nancy to drive to a bank to withdraw money, then trapped the couple in their house while they set it on fire.

Authorities believe two suspects targeted the home of Nancy and John Alford intending to rob it.

Kevin Munn and Lester Kearney were charged with first-degree murder, and more charges are pending, according to WRAL-TV.

WRAL-TV reports the second intruder stayed in the home with John Alford.

John, a minister at Sanford Memorial Baptist Church in Brodnax, Virginia, was able to escape but couldn't rescue his wife.

John Alford was hospitalized with severe burns as well as injuries suffered when the thieves beat him.

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The arrests come one day after authorities found the stolen silver 2011 Mercedes C-300 taken from the Alford's home.

The Warren County District Attorney told WRAL-TV the vehicle was involved in a chase with North Carolina state highway patrol troopers and Haywood County deputies.

Waters says evidence found in the Alfords' vehicle, which was found burned and abandoned in Haywood County, helped lead authorities to Munn and Kearney.

Munn was arrested on Tuesday night, while Kearney was arrested Wednesday morning.

"Evidence gathered in that chase and also related to the burning of the vehicle, did help corroborate some other evidence in the case and led to the stop yesterday by the highway patrol", said Waters.

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