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Four Oaks slaying suspect quiet in court

Posted January 25, 2010

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— The man suspected of killing a Four Oaks couple whose bodies were found at their burning house last week said nothing as he appeared in court for the first time Monday.

Barney Edward Gamble, 48, of King Mill Road, faces two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of L.C. and Sue Anne Beasley. He is also charged with first-degree kidnapping, arson and larceny of a motor vehicle.

A judge denied bond to Gamble, who is being held in Central Prison in Raleigh for safety reasons. His next court appearance was set for Feb. 11.

Sue Anne Beasley's body was found inside her burning house at 125 Hollow Oak Drive last Thursday morning. L.C. Beasley's body was found in a nearby shed. Relatives said that Sue Anne Beasley was tied up in a chair in the kitchen.

Authorities have said that Gamble and L.C. Beasley were known to dabble in drugs and that investigators were looking into whether drugs played a role in the slayings.

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  • Weetie Jan 25, 2010

    "Authorities have said that Gamble and L.C. Beasley were known to dabble in drugs and that investigators were looking into whether drugs played a role in the slayings."

    If the "Authorities" were so sure Beasley "dabbled" in drugs, why did they not arrest him? Did the "authorities" buy from him too??

  • tiggerjd3 Jan 25, 2010

    Prayers for both families. knowing both families, they had children and/or grandchildren, and this will be hard on all of them. So sad and such a tradgedy! Please keep them in your prayers.

  • samiam1244 Jan 25, 2010

    WRAL you may take offense to this , but you never know what your next door neighbor is doing, and any time a person dabbles in drugs the end results are never going to be good. it's sad someone got killed and i live in the four oaks community, and like i said you never know what goes on next door..

  • Granny Jan 25, 2010

    Another family torn to pieces because of drugs. Praying for the families of all involved. So sad.

  • donnied1952 Jan 25, 2010

    And he looks really crazy too. how do you dabble in drugs, either you are involved or not.

  • sun+moon+stars01 Jan 25, 2010

    WHAT? This sounds really crazy.