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Suspect Confesses To Clayton Double Murder

Posted November 15, 2004

— Clayton police are searching for a motive in a weekend murder that left two people dead.

Investigators said they did not know a double murder happened until a suspect confessed in another county.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office called Clayton police early Saturday morning to say 38-year-old Wilbur Darryl Daye turned himself in and confessed to killing the man and woman at their home.

"Officers came over to this address and located two people that are deceased. At this time it appears the assailant were friends with the two victims," said Sgt. John Coley of the Clayton Police Department.

Clayton police spent Saturday afternoon searching the home near Lombard Street for clues, interviewed neighbors and even removed two doors for evidence.

Police said it appears the victims, Rena Young, 57, and James Harper, 68, were stabbed to death.

Family members said the couple had lived together in the home for more than 20 years.

"Both of them are very friendly, very nice people. Anything they could do to help you they would -- both of them. So I'm just not understanding at this point what has taken place," niece Beverly Rowland said.

"The type of people that they were, they would invite a stranger in their home just to have a talk or a person that was in need they would fix them a meal an let them go on their way," nephew Prentice Murphy said.

Daye is charged with two counts of murder and is being held in the Johnston County Jail without bond.

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