The Herald just reported on six “murder suspects.” All of them were cleared 18 months ago.

Sloppy journalism, Sanford Herald.


A report on court proceedings in the murder of Anthony Giles (subscription required) in Friday’s edition of the Sanford Herald indicates that “it is unknown if the charges were dropped” against six people who were initially accused in the 2013 home invasion and killing:

In January 2014, the sheriff’s office originally arrested six Sanford residents in connection with the crimes: Phillip Howard Fortune, Jessica McCoy, Akil Mathew McAden, Franklin Dorsett, Wilbert Bruton and Travis “Jamarion” McLean. All were charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of stolen goods and conspiracy to commit robbery. However, those six suspects no longer appear to have court dates on the calendar in Lee County Court and do not appear to have been convicted of the crime, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety. It is unknown if charges were dropped.

The charges were, in fact, dropped. 18…

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