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Man charged in Hoke double homicide

Posted March 26, 2012

— A Hoke County man was charged Monday with killing a man and woman in their Raeford home.

Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said that Tommy Charles Brown, 35, and Thalia Rebbecca Mook, 35, were shot at their 110 TC Jones Road home around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Brown and Mook were pronounced dead at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

John Oliver Hill Jr., 48, of 5621 Philippi Church Road, was charged with first-degree murder and placed in the Hoke County jail without bond.

He will likely face more charges once the investigation is complete, Peterkin said. Investigators haven't commented on a motive.

Deputies found 10 firearms at Hill's home, the sheriff said.


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  • dllsdvd Mar 27, 2012

    Well, I'm glad that everyone is concerned about John Hill's guns. I grew up with the victim and his Brothers. I know guns don't kill people, and that people kill people. Mr. Hill is obviously a disturbed individual who would be sentenced to death where I come from. S thanks for everyone's concern here with the real issue... and it's not guns! R.I.P. Tommy and Thalia, you are loved and will be missed. God Bless you both.

  • crouch1010 Mar 27, 2012

    John Hill was an average law abiding and successful gun owner with ten guns, until he shot two people. How does one write a news worthy story about a successful gun owner? That sounds a lot like writing a story about ants in a yard. Or is it that what is important and relevant should be kept under wraps and cleaning guns and target shooting are the only reports that should made about firearms?

  • crouch1010 Mar 27, 2012

    The guns found were part of a search. The shooter was not apprehended at the crime scene, but at his home after a stand off. Here is more detail.

  • crouch1010 Mar 27, 2012

    So the NRA paid commentators will understand the relevance of the ten guns, the man was not captured at the crime scene. There was a stand off at his home. Here is more a detailed story.


  • lumberman Mar 26, 2012

    More great reporting 10 guns found. That is just to stir up more feeling against being able to own a gun. I have a total of 20 guns some I have owned for 40 years. None of which have been involved in any crime. None that have found there way in to the hands of little ones. Unless you count my 10 year old when I was teaching him how to use a firearm. But that was 15 years ago. He now owns several guns and well he is just another success story of a good gun owner. But no stories like that to be found on WRAL.

  • Scare Crow Mar 26, 2012

    davisgw, peterkin has done the citizens of hoke county a great service. now the criminals know that the average law-abiding citizen is most likely unarmed.

  • whatusay Mar 26, 2012

    How many firearms were used in this crime? What does 10 firearms found have to do with anything? Should we outlaw pencils if someone is killed with a pencil, or outlaw steak knives, or baseball bats, or chain saws, or cars......

  • davisgw Mar 26, 2012

    Peterkin is against gun ownership. He has implemented a policy that Hoke county residents can only obtain two gun permits per year even though NC law does not control how many a person can buy.

  • Scare Crow Mar 26, 2012

    cpacraig it's designed, in a quite way, to stir up the old "gun control" crazies and to forgo our 2nd amendment rights, just do away with it all together. Throughout today most comments here will be about gun control and blaming the "gun" for all killings and everything wrong in the world today. Most will be from the young or women who don't have a clue. You can bet on one thing, this comment will be flagged before tomorrow's headlines. People don't want to be offended by the truth.

  • cpacraig Mar 26, 2012

    "Deputies found 10 firearms at Hill's home, the sheriff said."

    And this has what to do with anything?