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Father, son indicted in Granville County double-murder case

Posted January 26, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015

Eric Campbell, left and Edward Campbell

— A grand jury Monday indicted a father and son from Texas in the deaths of a Granville County couple whose bodies were found New Year's Day in the back of their stolen pickup truck.

Edward Watson Campbell, 54, and Eric Alexander Campbell, 21, both of Alvin, Texas, face 10 charges, including two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of first-degree burglary, second-degree arson and identity theft in the deaths of Jerome Faulkner, 73, and his wife, Dora Faulkner, 62.

Authorities believe the Campbells stormed into the Faulkners' home, just north of Oxford, on the morning of Jan. 1, robbed them, set the house on fire and killed them before fleeing in both the couple's Chevrolet Silverado and a stolen SUV the Campbells allegedly used to drive to North Carolina from Texas.

Police arrested the father and son in Lewisburg, W.Va., about 200 miles northwest of Oxford, that evening following a shootout.

Granville County's sheriff has said that he believes the Faulkners were random targets. Investigators haven't said how they died.

Edward Campbell and Eric Campbell were also each indicted Monday on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle, financial card theft and two counts of cruelty to animals – charges stemming from the deaths of the Faulkners' two dogs.

Edward Campbell was returned to North Carolina last week. Eric Campbell is in police custody in West Virginia and awaiting extradition back to North Carolina.


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  • Benjamin Kite Jul 10, 4:57 p.m.
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    Exodus : "the sins of the father will be visited upon the children"

  • jwbmom1965 Jan 27, 2015

    Pure evil. Hope they both receive the death penalty. Swift Justice

  • Mike Berthold Jan 27, 2015
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    Might want to read again: "Eric Campbell then jumped into the Silverado and drove off, wrecking the pickup in a nearby ravine, Greenbrier County Sheriff Jan Cahill said.

    Sgt. Drew Pendleton of the West Virginia State Police said the Silverado went over an embankment and slammed into a couple of trees – "It took us a couple of hours to get the vehicle out," he said – before fleeing on foot. He was apprehended a short time later."

    He didn't "turn himself in".

  • lessismore Jan 27, 2015

    BSIONNE2002..... if the younger was not involved why did he ride to WV with two dead bodies in the back of the truck? Why didn't he escape and call the police? He had plenty of opportunity...

  • Brandon Sionne Jan 27, 2015
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    the media/police say the younger campbell turned himself in without incident and that he was not a shooter. what if he did not kill anyone? what if he was afraid of the shooter? what if you don't have all of the facts (and I'm certain you don't)?

    so many of you are willing to be judge, jury and executioner based on what you have read in the media?

  • vile garbage Jan 27, 2015

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    I would have pushed their eyes out.

  • Lightfoot On Wral Jan 27, 2015
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    Justice would be them swinging from the gallows in a couple of months, in the public square.

  • Angie Cox Jan 27, 2015
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    I agree with all you said but why does everyone say "old couple"? I don't want to be called that when I am in my 60's and 70's. just say "couple" please...

  • dlbantiques Jan 27, 2015

    Yes, more to this that has NOT come out than has come out. Not random.

  • Mark Leventry Jan 26, 2015
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    They lost their rights when they broke into someones home. What about the victims rights?