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Suspect says he feels no remorse in shooting of Wayne Community College employee

Posted April 15, 2015

— The man who confessed to killing a Wayne Community College employee said Wednesday he fatally shot Ron Lane to protect his younger brother and feels no remorse for the crime.

In a telephone interview from a Florida jail, Kenneth Morgan Stancil III told WRAL News that Ronald Lane deserved to die because he made sexual advances toward his brother through messages on Facebook.

“He didn’t touch him,” said Stancil, 20, who added that Lane also made passes at him. “But he was in the proposal to try to, and I wasn’t going to let that happen. I took it in my hands to take care of the business that needed to be took care of.”

Stancil, who was arrested in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Tuesday after he was found sleeping on a beach, will be returned to North Carolina to face a murder charge in the death of Lane, a 44-year-old openly gay man who ran the college print shop where Stancil previously served as a work-study student.

Investigators said Stancil walked into the print shop shortly after 8 a.m. Monday armed with a 12-gauge pump shotgun and fired a single shot at Lane, killing him. Stancil had been dismissed from the work-study program at the beginning of March because of too many absences.

During his phone interview Wednesday, Stancil said he is a neo-Nazi committed to the preservation of the white race and hates gay people “with a passion.” He used a slur to describe others working in the print shop and said they conspired against him to have him dismissed.

Stancil said his dismissal and the sexual advances toward his brother led him to plan the killing several days in advance.

“I don’t take remorse for nothing. I did what I did and I got to live with it. If I get life (in prison), I get life," he said. "I’m a (expletive) murderer. What the (expletive) do I gotta care? I don't give a damn if I go back to society”

Neither Lane nor Stancil has a criminal record, and investigators said no complaints of a sexual nature – or any other kind – were ever filed against Lane.

Stancil told WRAL News that he killed three other people in the last four years – two black men and a Hispanic man – that he encountered on the streets in Wayne County. He said didn’t know their names and stabbed them to death.

“I butchered them,” he said. “I left them like they were Swiss cheese.”

However, investigators with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said there are no unsolved homicides that match the account given by Stancil.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Stancil’s mother, Debbie Stancil, said she thinks her son is confused.

“He just snapped. That is not my son,” she said. “He’s probably out of his mind. I think he needs mental help.”

Debra Stancil said her son never recovered after his father committed suicide in 2009. The former Eagle Scout quit the program and became a tattoo artist.

Stancil said he gave himself face tattoos, including a recent one that represents Hitler.

Stancil said before shooting Lane, he left a note and a video behind to explain his actions and told family members that he loved them.

“I never wanted to live like everybody else,” he said. “I’ve always had a criminal mind with a criminal background, so I did what I did.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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