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Police: Fayetteville triple homicide not random

Posted November 28, 2011
Updated November 29, 2011

Shawn Lee Legrand

— Police said Monday that a weekend incident that left three Fayetteville residents dead wasn't a random crime.

Shawn Lee Legrand, 44, faces three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and four counts of first-degree kidnapping.

Police officers responded to a reported burglary at 288 Ingram St. Saturday morning and found Ardell Paige Jr., 33, and Krystle Price Papile, 26, dead and three others wounded.

One of the wounded, Gregory Steven Fitzgerald, 37, died at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. The other two, Stephanie Lashaun Croom, 30, and Bennie Darwin King, 50, remain hospitalized.

Paige and Papile were tied up, and Fitzgerald was bound and gagged but managed to escape from the triplex, according to court documents.

Sgt. Steven Bates and Officer Travis Smith spotted a vehicle matching the description of one seen leaving Ingram Street and gave chase until the vehicle crashed into a fence at 216 C St. and the driver took off running. The officers fired at the man when they encountered him carrying a handgun in a nearby yard.

Warrants state that Legrand was trying to fire on the two police officers when he was shot. He remains hospitalized, but his condition isn't known.

Although Croom and King told police that Legrand broke in and held all five people at gunpoint, investigators said they have determined that there wasn't a break-in. Legrand knew at least one person who lived there, police said.

A neighbor who claims to know the Legrand family, told WRAL News on Monday that Legrand and Paige are cousins.

Fayetteville triple homicide Investigators say triple homicide suspect knew at least one victim

Police said Paige had been living in the home with King for about two months and that, based on information collected so far, it appears that Legrand went to the triplex and confronted and killed one of them and then attacked the other three as they came by the home.

Investigators haven't yet established a motive for the attack.

Bates, a 10-year veteran of the Fayetteville Police Department, and Smith, who has been with the department for two years, have been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending a State Bureau of Investigation review of their shooting of Legrand. Such moves are standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.

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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  • mfarmer1 Nov 29, 2011


    the caps lock key is to the left, called "Caps Lock"

    Fayetteville Is A Mix Of Different People From All Over The US And Other Countries, Mainly Because The US Army And Air Force Is Here. It Has Nothing To Do With These Murders.

  • loprestw Nov 29, 2011


  • Wisdom Nov 29, 2011

    @ Rico & fayncmike: The truth of the matter is, if you BOTH were "brought up better", you would be demonstrating manners and compassion towards those who are suffering from the results of this disappointing situation!! Be careful how you speak and respond to others...the principle of sowing and correct is in effect.

  • Statick Nov 29, 2011

    "What do you think inspector?"

    You tell me, Sherlock, since you love throwing out uninformed opinions...

  • Rico Nov 29, 2011

    So I guess if the other two, who were also shot, were brought up better, then they wouldn't have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, right?

    What do you think inspector?

  • Statick Nov 29, 2011

    "Maybe if she was brought up better this might not have happened."

    Man, I sure hope that was sarcasm or an attempt at a bad joke. The killer only knew one of the suspects. So I guess if the other two, who were also shot, were brought up better, then they wouldn't have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, right?

  • chattycat Nov 29, 2011

    Rico and Fayncmike: If you have any class at all, see if you can exhibit it. Family members are reading these comments and your total disregard for their suffering is beyond words.

  • ncdixie1 Nov 29, 2011

    That dude had just gotten out of prison. I'm not a LEO or a rocket engineer but from the surface of the article w/o any additional info, my guess is 1. he wanted to go back to prison, couldn't adjust back to free life. 2. those people had something to do w/his sentence he just was released from. 3. All the above. It really doesn't matter what your social status is no one has the right to capture and kill you for what ever the reason.

  • fayncmike Nov 29, 2011

    Did I say she deserved to die?

  • Statick Nov 29, 2011

    "I'd guessed that they had some prior dealings. Could the, "innocent victims" be just a little bit less innocent?"

    Wow, fella. When you cast the first stone you throw a cinder block. Classless commentary like that you should really keep to yourself, but I guess it's easy to talk stuff about people you don't know when you're anonymous.