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Arrest Made In Murder Of Soldier's Wife

Posted March 14, 2002

— The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office made an arrest in the stabbing death of a Fort Bragg soldier's wife.

John Lennon Wood, 20, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Angela Mosden.

Mosden, 40, was killed Thursday morning in her home in the Beaver Run subdivision where she lived with two of her three daughters.

Mosden's 12-year old daughter tried to pull the intruder off her mother, before she and her 14-year-old sister escaped from the home unharmed.

Mosden's husband, a Special Operations soldier serving in Afghanistan, returned home Friday night.

Deputies arrested Wood at his family home on Deerhorn Court Saturday night. His home is located just a mile from the murder scene. Wood's parents said John used to date Mosden's oldest daughter.

While his arrest brought a sense of relief to her neighbors in Beaver Run, the suspect's parents said that they are afraid their son is being railroaded.

They said investigators targeted Wood after finding his fingerprints on a roll of duct tape inside the victim's home.

"They know they don't have any evidence, and they know we have eyewitnesses who put him right here. But it takes pressure off and gives them slack so they can look around," said David Wood, the suspect's father.

"John is no angel. But we're talking murder here. John couldn't kill a fly. He's not a violent person," said Carolyn Bailey, Wood's stepmother.

While Wood and his family fight the murder charge, Beaver Run residents said that they are starting to feel a little less like prisoners in their own homes.

"We've all felt a sense of fear. We didn't feel safe," said a neighbor.

Wood, who is also charged with first-degree robbery, is being held in the Cumberland County jail without bond.

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