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Lee County Pastor's Wife Reportedly Killed

Posted August 4, 2004
Updated January 5, 2007

— Investigators in three counties are looking into the death of a pastor's wife. The pastor reportedly is among those being questioned by officers.

Sources told WRAL the victim's name is Marnita Bynum, a substitute teacher and the wife of Lee County pastor Melvin Bynum. WRAL also was told that police are questioning Melvin Bynum.

Bynum, pastor of Crying Out Loud Ministries in Sanford, is among several people being questioned. Moore County deputies said they consensually searched the Bynum home near Pine Bluff.

The victim's body was found north of Hamlet in Richmond County around 2:30 a.m. According to the sheriff's office, she was found in the trunk of a car that is believed to be hers.

Three counties and the State Bureau of Investigation were on the case Monday.

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