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Third Suspect Arrested in Retired Soldier's Death

Posted February 15, 2008

— A third man wanted in the slaying of a retired Fayetteville soldier was arrested Thursday.

Marlon Davinsky Alexander Jr., 21, of 3300 Rehobeth Church Road, Greensboro, was held without bond in the Cumberland County Detention Center.

He allegedly participated in the robbery and shooting death of Charles “Sonny” Miller, 69, during the early morning hours of Jan. 31.

Two other men were previously arrested in connection with the shooting – Francis Geraldo Burgos, 22, of 1605 Diplomat Drive, Fayetteville, and Steven Corey Blanks, 22, of 6529 Green Meadow Court, Fayetteville.

All three suspects were charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, conspiracy and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Alexander was scheduled for a first court appearance at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the detention center.

Investigators said they believe the men shot Miller multiple times during a home invasion and that robbery was the motive.

Miller was in the Army's Special Forces and served in Vietnam, his relatives said. He owned Miller's Plumbing and left behind three sons and a daughter.

Miller's niece, Glenda Williams, described her uncle as a kind-hearted man. After his death, his neighbors spoke well of Miller and expressed shock at his violent death.

"He was always kind to people," said a neighbor who identified himself only as John. "I've heard from all the neighbors already. Everybody is just up in arms about this."

"I wouldn't have any idea why anyone would want to hurt him. He never gave anybody any problems. He always tried to help people," said another neighbor, John Davis.

"He was better than a brother to me," neighbor Charlie Dennison said.


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  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Feb 18, 2008

    All murders are hate crimes.

  • lilwil Feb 15, 2008

    Maybe I'm wrong, but what does these people have to be smiling, or smirking about? Like the young lady that called in a bomb threat, she was smiling.

    It seems to me people think they can kill/steal/rape, etc..and feel like it's a game and show no remorse; but yet feel like the world owe them something.

  • dogsrule12cheek Feb 15, 2008

    What a shame i feel sorry for his family and for his niece she is right the last guy to be arrested looked as if he was smiling what a disgrace,

    There needs to be more serious punishment for these killers what is going on in this world today.

  • angora2 Feb 15, 2008

    "What's needed here is a quick and fair trial, then bring on the firing squad"

    But don't forewarn them. Tell them it'll be a surprise attack, just like they pulled on this poor man.

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  • PraiseHim Feb 15, 2008

    Unbelievable. The guy puts his life on the line for this country and see what he gets from those whose families he served to protect. What disregard for human life, I just hate it!

  • BLK 007 Feb 15, 2008

    Try them in a court of law , if the evidence convicts them. then they should be sent to prison for life. let's not waste time on these idiots. the law moves to slow and ciminals have no reguard for the law.so since they have no reguard , let's not have reguard for them.lock them up ,take away all there rights ,no vistors, no tv , no books- only the Bible , no letters sent or received , locked in there cell 23 hrs a day-1 hour for outside activity , the back to the cell.I'm all for it.

  • Tired Of Excuses Feb 15, 2008

    Takers....lazy takders who are too sad and sorry to make their own way in the world. They instead take what belongs to someone else. Pathetic excuses for men they are and I hope they get what's coming to them. NC needs to take a tougher stand on criminals and their punishment or we're going to see more and more of this and it's going to get worse before it gets better.

  • Tired Of Excuses Feb 15, 2008

    I think citizens, of all races and walks of life need to band together and DEMAND harsher punishment for criminals who have no regard for human life. Remember the little girl in Lee county who was home sick, those guys just shot her, again, no regard. Remember the elderly man checking his mail and was just shot for NO reason? All communities need to address this. Civic leaders, instead of whinnning about "injustices" need to take a hard look at the communities they support with their rehtoric and take a stand against crime. It's not only white people getting shot it's black and hispanics too. I for one am tired of these young men thinking they can just do whatever they want with no consequence for their actions.

  • Clownsruletheworld Feb 15, 2008

    ----Positively amazing, and very surprising. The individuals charged with this crime are from a minority race. The NAACP needs to expend energy and find out why this is happening and what causes this behavior---- And while they research that you do some research on why white kids keep shooting up schools.

    Not so fast. I rather take my chances on a college campus than visit whatever area those three came from. The odds of not getting shot are a lot better.