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Man charged in hammer attack on Cumberland woman

Posted July 14

Joseph Douglas Miller

— A Parkton man has been charged in a Wednesday assault on his roommate that left her with a traumatic head injury, Cumberland County authorities said.

Joseph Douglas Miller, 24, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and obtaining property by false pretense. He was being held in the Cumberland County jail under a $750,000 bond.

Shana Beckett was attacked in her home, in the 5000 block of Belinda Lane in Parkton, and authorities determined she had been beaten with a hammer. She was taken to Cape Valley Fear Medical Center and was later transferred to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Investigators determined Beckett's 2014 Toyota Corolla was missing, and authorities found it Thursday off U.S. Highway 301 in Fayetteville. Within an hour, they found Miller at a nearby motel.


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  • Cnc Stone Jul 15, 9:06 a.m.
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    Darn guns ? Liberals be banning hammers next ?

  • Linda Tally Jul 14, 5:36 p.m.
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    He is supposed to have done this to his roommate? Huh. Be careful who you live with!

  • Norman Lewis Jul 14, 3:25 p.m.
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    In a related story, Michael Bloomberg tries to pass a law requiring registration of all hammers and licensing of all owners. (sarcasm for you in the low information public). The handler is what makes something a weapon in a crime, not the thing itself. Remember that next time you hear a politician want to restrict firearms. They really want 2 things, to control you and keep you defenseless and dependent on the Government.

  • Robert Fotch Jr Jul 14, 1:45 p.m.
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    So hammers now are considered deadly weapons? Guess felons cant own hammers now.