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Arrests made in case of slain body dumped at cemetery

Posted January 8, 2010

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— Wayne County authorities said Friday that they have made three arrests in the case of a man who was beaten to death and dumped in a Princeton cemetery last month.

An employee of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, off U.S. Highway 70 west of Goldsboro, discovered the body of Jamie Lee Hinson on the ground while arriving at work on the morning of Dec. 3, authorities said.

Steven Lynn Barbour, 29, of 909 Fourth St. in Goldsboro, was charged Thursday with murder in the case. Tara Leann Speaks, 29, and Joseph E. Lanier, 21, both of 909 Fourth St., were charged Friday with murder in the case.

All three were being held without bond Friday in the Wayne County Jail.

Hinson was last seen at the Doll Palace in Selma at about 2 a.m. Dec. 3, and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office recently released images from a security camera of a white van and people in the club's parking lot that night in an effort to generate leads.

Sheriff Carey Winders said investigators ultimately determined the van wasn't connected with the case. He declined to say what information led investigators to tie Barbour to the crime.

Barbour, Sparks and Lanier also were charged with two counts each of burning of certain buildings. An abandoned house at 418 Antioch Road in Goldsboro was burned on Dec. 27, resulting in about $40,000 in damage, and a workshop at 632 Wayne Memorial Drive in Pikeville was burned on Dec. 31, resulting in about $60,000 in damage, authorities said.

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  • celticsubnoize Jan 8, 2010

    I went to school with Stephen also. I was kinda shocked when I saw this photo...

  • diver Jan 8, 2010

    I use to hang out with Steven alot. we use to be pretty tight years ago. He never exibited this kind of behavior. He was always a jokester and looking to have a good time.

  • dianna412 Jan 8, 2010

    There is ALOT that people don't know about Steven Barbour. He is currently facing Bigamy charges also. That charge is minor compared to this one though. The family of the victim will be in my prayers. Everybody can judge him and everybody is entitled to their opinion, but he will definately have to answer for what he has done and the enormous amout of pain he has caused in peoples lives!

  • tiggerjd3 Jan 8, 2010

    I went to school with this guy who is the killer. That just goes to show you that people you know can actually commit crimes. Prayers for both families.

  • trdspeed21 Jan 8, 2010

    this is messed up...my cousin was friends with this guy...and hes the killer...R I P jamie i love u man