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Suspect in Fayetteville triple homicide has violent past

Posted November 27, 2011

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— A man who has spent more than two decades in prison will face murder charges after Fayetteville police say he broke into a home Saturday and stabbed or shot three men and two women.

Police said that Shawn Lee Legrand, 44, broke into a home at 288 Ingram St. around 9:45 a.m.

As police responded to the report of gunshots, Sgt. Steven Bates and Officer Travis Smith spotted Legrand driving on Person Street and gave chase until he crashed into a fence at 216 C St. and took off running. The officers fired at Legrand when they encountered him carrying a handgun in a back yard.

Once he's released from Cape Fear Hospital, police plan to charge Legrand with three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and four counts of first-degree kidnapping.

Fayetteville police ID victims of home invasion Fayetteville police ID victims of home invasion

At the home on Ingram Street, police found Ardell Paige Jr., 33, and Krystle Price Papile, 26, dead and three others injured.

Gregory Steven Fitzgerald, 37, died at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Stephanie Lashaun Croom, 30, and Bennie Darwin King, 50, remained at Cape Fear Sunday afternoon.

Police said they haven't been able to find Papile's family to tell them about her death. Anyone with information about the location of her family is asked to call Fayetteville police detectives at 910-391-2529.

Some of Paige's relatives told WRAL News that he knew Legrand, but police have yet to establish a motive for the attack.  

The State Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the shots fired by police, and Bates, a 10-year veteran of the department, and Smith, a 2-year member, have been placed on administrative leave with pay. Those moves are standard procedure when an officer fires a gun.

Legrand was released from prison in July after being incarcerated for over 23 years, according to state Department of Correction records. 

He was convicted of assault inflicting serious injury, common-law robbery, burglary, breaking and entering and larceny for 1987 crimes. His sentence was lengthened after he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury for an offense committed while imprisoned.

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  • SouthernGirlJD Nov 29, 2011

    I lost my sister and brother-in-law to a psychotic who had spent most of his 62 years in prisons all over the country. He is now on Death Rown in Florida. God know how long he will be there? Bring back public hangings, televise them and let the proceeds go to the victims families. Better yet, let the death row inmates be live target practice for Law Enforcement and Military Firearms Training.---Crew Dog

    I am 200% behind you on that!! Wish it would happen..but criminals have to many rights now a days...

  • fayncmike Nov 28, 2011

    "As far as your attitude goes, you dishonor the memory of your loved ones. fayncmike

    Now you know how your family feels.
    Bartmeister"

    My family was totally united in asking that the killer not be a candidate for a death sentence. Savaging him as he savaged her would have dishonored he memory. Were I to be murdered, I wouldn't want my murderer to be murdered by the state any more then I wanted to be murdered by him.

  • Glass Half Full Nov 28, 2011

    Sounds like he wanted to make sure he got a life sentence when he went back to prison. I imagine after spending that much of his adult life behind bars, there wasn't much for him in the real world.

  • Bartmeister Nov 28, 2011

    As far as your attitude goes, you dishonor the memory of your loved ones. fayncmike

    ======================

    Now you know how your family feels.

  • redrubberball1 Nov 28, 2011

    "Are we to sink to the lever of the criminal? Aside from debasing society, the death penalty serves no useful purpose whatsoever. It does nothing to detour others nor does it save taxpayer's money. Life without parole is far better. The threat is removed and society isn't reduced to the level of the savages."

    Contrary to the belief expressed above, the death penalty does serve as a deterant to honest and decent folks. It does not deter the truly evil among us and that force has been allowed to multiply for several decades and needs some serious thinning. Any notion of society stooping to the level of savages in having and enforcing a death penalty is sheer rubbish from the lost liberal folks.

  • fayncmike Nov 28, 2011

    "Seriously...... you really need to get a grip! Not everyone has the same opinion as you and guess what! That is OK buddy boy. You are not going to make someone believe and feel the way that you do by being an Arss on this blog. This is a free country, we have a right to believe in and support the death penalty. Deal with it!
    chattycat"

    Well of course they do. From a lot of the comments made here, I'd expect nothing less. We really haven't evolved all that far from the lower spices after all, have we? There is a little of the savage beasts we evolved from in all of us. The only difference is that some of us repress it a bit better.

  • chattycat Nov 28, 2011

    As far as your attitude goes, you dishonor the memory of your loved ones. fayncmike

    Seriously...... you really need to get a grip! Not everyone has the same opinion as you and guess what! That is OK buddy boy. You are not going to make someone believe and feel the way that you do by being an Arss on this blog. This is a free country, we have a right to believe in and support the death penalty. Deal with it!

  • fayncmike Nov 28, 2011

    "I lost my sister and brother-in-law to a psychotic who had spent most of his 62 years in prisons all over the country. He is now on Death Rown in Florida. God know how long he will be there? Bring back public hangings, televise them and let the proceeds go to the victims families. Better yet, let the death row inmates be live target practice for Law Enforcement and Military Firearms Training.
    Crew Dog"

    If he's psychotic, why was he in jail instead of hospital?

    As far as your attitude goes, you dishonor the memory of your loved ones.

  • 426X3 Nov 28, 2011

    I lost my sister and brother-in-law to a psychotic who had spent most of his 62 years in prisons all over the country. He is now on Death Rown in Florida. God know how long he will be there? Bring back public hangings, televise them and let the proceeds go to the victims families. Better yet, let the death row inmates be live target practice for Law Enforcement and Military Firearms Training.

  • angelsaintsurin Nov 28, 2011

    I lost my sister, to all the other famlies who lost someone I would like to speak with you . Please contact me angel.saintsurin@gmail.com

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