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Man Wanted in Ex-Wife's Slaying Surrenders

Posted March 5, 2008

— A Hoke County man who had been sought since Monday in the stabbing death of his ex-wife, surrendered to authorities Wednesday afternoon.

Allen Thomas Sr., 51, called his son from a wooded area in the eastern part of the county to arrange the surrender, Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said. Deputies picked him up at the end of McRae-Bronson Road, off Doc Brown Road, the sheriff explained.

Thomas had spent the past two days in the woods, going without food, water or his diabetes medication, Peterkin said.

Linda Shaw Thomas, 47, was stabbed 21 times early Monday after someone broke into her home east of Raeford, authorities said. She called 911 during the attack.

Linda and Allen Thomas had been divorced for 10 years, and she took out a restraining order against him last July to keep him from entering her home, authorities said.

Warrants charge Thomas with first-degree murder, breaking and entering and violating a domestic violence order. He was expected to be booked Wednesday evening into the Hoke County Jail after receiving treatment for dehydration and cuts.

The couple's two children, Allen Thomas Jr., 21, and Comecya Thomas, 20, made a public plea Tuesday for their father to surrender.

Neither of the children was at their mother's house at the time of the attack. But two foster children, girls ages 15 and 17, were there, Linda Thomas' screams woke them, authorities said.

The foster children, who weren't injured, are staying with Linda Thomas' relatives, authorities said.


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  • sarge7 Mar 6, 2008

    The punishment should fit the crime, it's a shame that it will not happen!!

  • mommy2caroline Mar 6, 2008

    The sad thing about this is an innocent person is gone and this fool will get 3 hots and a cot in addition to his medication and we will pay for it. Oh the justice!

  • Jayne Mar 6, 2008

    Sunburn got it right... restraining orders are worth nothing more than the paper it is on...

  • dogsrule12cheek Mar 6, 2008

    It dont make it right to kill someone but a least he did come
    forwad and surrender.

    God Bless the family

  • sunflowerbubbles Mar 6, 2008

    Sounds to me that he got hungry and needed 'free' attention/food/supplies...as his only reason for turning himself in...shame on him for his crime and hope God has mercy on him...I pray for the loss...

  • Godschild43 Mar 5, 2008

    My prayers goes out to this family.

  • VT1994Hokie Mar 5, 2008

    As I have previously written, I worked with these two people. It is probably one of the saddest things that I have heard about lately. Especially, since I know or knew each person. I'm glad that he came forward. Again, God bless the entire family, and the community.

  • babyluv Mar 5, 2008

    My prayers go out to the family. i hate to hear such tragic events involving families & their family members. In this day & timeGOD & family is all we have that keeps us above insanity. I commend the son for speaking up and w/intelligence pleading w/his father to turn himself in as a MAN would...who takes responsibility however a MAN would not harm or kill his family. Maybe he has done a favor and just disappeared never to be heard or seen again....Good

    May the family find comfort in knowing God is always near & knows all things. Let him be your guide to understanding and not of your own. God bless them all!!!!!!!

  • Cheeksgirl Mar 5, 2008

    My prayers are with the Thomas family. I can not imagine the horror those kids awoke to and the horror that women suffered being stabbed 21 times. That is horrible and I feel no pity for that man. Sr., you are a coward and a bully to kill someone and then to hide in the woods! You took a mother away from her kids you are a selfish, heartless pig and I hope you get everything you deserve!

  • Here kitty kitty Mar 5, 2008

    Ah yes a wonderful restraining order. I am sick to death of hearing about restraining orders and women dying at the hands of men like this. Toilet paper is more worthwhile...