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2 Charged as Accessories in Hoke Slaying

Posted June 28, 2007

— Two people have been charged as accessories to murder in connection with the March slaying of a Hoke County man as he drove on the highway, authorities said.

Michael Freeman was driving on N.C. Highway 211 from Red Springs to Raeford shortly after midnight on March 29 when the occupants of another car fired at him, authorities said. Freeman's car ran off the road, went through a chain-link fence and slammed into a tree on Murph McLaughlin Road, authorities said.

Freeman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Antonio Blanks, 20, of 650 Goose Pond Road in Red Springs, and Tony Anthony Avery Jr., 22, of 2022 Mount Zion Road in Maxton, were charged with murder in the case in March.

This week, Chad Lynn Blanks, 22, and Lamar Javon Anderson, 20, both of 650 Goose Pond Road, were charged with being accessories after the fact to first-degree murder. Both men are being held in the Hoke County Jail under $50,000 secured bonds.

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  • blablah Jun 28, 1:39 p.m.

    Wow...wonder what bluebird said. I am originally from Red Springs and have many relatives in Raeford. It has become more violent in both areas. I not only left the area, but left the State!! Hope justice is found for the loved ones left behind.

  • PikeMom Jun 28, 1:29 p.m.

    CAN'T you hate ,and not have violence? Sure you can.

  • Seeminglyopposed Jun 28, 1:22 p.m.

    BLUE-BIRD YOUR NAME SHOULD READ RED-BIRD....WHITES DON'T KILL, AND THERE ARE A GREAT DEAL OF WHITE GANGS AS WELL.

    YOUR HATRED KILLS MORE LIVES THAN ALL OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED GROUPS THOUGHOUT CENTURIES.

  • NC Sunshine Jun 28, 12:44 p.m.

    gunnarbiker - I too am originally from Raeford. Seems the quaint way of life there has drifted away. It's a shame as I had always thought that I would like to move back to be closer to my family still living there.

    Glad the individuals responsible have been arrested. My sympathies to the family for the loss of their loved one.

  • gunnarbiker Jun 28, 12:26 p.m.

    I'm originally from Raeford and this doesn't surprise me.

    That's why I'm not down there anymore! Thank the good Lord!