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Dunn man charged with murder in stepfather's death

Posted January 12, 2009

— Dunn police arrested a 17-year-old man Sunday night and charged him with murdering his stepfather.

Logan Matthew Suter is accused of shooting Edward Lancaster, 33, at their house at 112-A Fairfield Circle around 8:30 p.m.

Emergency crews took Lancaster to Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police charged Logan Suter with second-degree murder and held him at the Harnett County Law Enforcement Center under a $150,000 secured bond.

His first court appearance was scheduled for Monday in Harnett County District Court in Lillington.


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  • alwayshopeful Jan 15, 2009

    As a close friend of Logan's father and stepmother I am sure they appreciate all of the support for Logan. Please keep in mind there are always two sides to every story and I know in my heart that Logan would never maliciously harm anyone or anything.

    If someone had made Logan's father and stepmother aware of the situation they would have gotten him out of it before it was to late.

  • dragontamer25bks Jan 15, 2009

    Well said Hardeeman. Now I have been looking through the comments to see how much support Logan, a friend of mine, has collected. As I was going through this I knew I would bump into a comment left by some ignoramous..Then I found a comment against Logan that qualifies for the name 'piece of crud'. Let me say this to "DOINBUISINESS" and anyone else who sees it as a necessity to smear Logan's good name, this was not a senseless murder and just so you know, America is still a pinnicle of justice being such the doctrine of "innocent until proven guilty" still applies. And before you spread such vile around this comment board I beg you to bear in mind the fact that the evidence is not completely known and will remain as such until it is stated in the trial. Now, I just want you all to know that Logan is a great man and a truely marvelous person, and anyone who doesnt know him honestly needs to not give in to their pseudointellectual desire to sound stupid talking of a person you dont know.

  • hardeeman92 Jan 15, 2009

    On another note, Logan was not the primary person to blame. His mother, who was married to Mr. Lancaster, knew how he acted. And yet she chose to stand by and allow this? What kind of mother, or any parent for that matter, lets this happen to their siblings? That's just a poor excuse for parenting. She let fear take control of her and in that fear, Mr. Lancaster manipulated her. She was afraid to leave him because of what could have happen. And knowing Mr. Lancaster, I wouldn't doubt it, if ever something like this ever would have happened, if he tried to do something. And lets not forget his mother. She also has some blame on her part as well. She knew Mr. Lancaster better than anyone else ever could. She rose him from a child and into the man he became. She allowed Mr. Lancaster to do the things he did and she didn't attempt to stop him. What kind of parents are these people? If you ask me, THEY are the ones who deserve to be punished and Logan is the one who deserves JUSTICE. =)

  • hardeeman92 Jan 15, 2009

    Getting back to what I was saying, I've read the newspaper, viewed the website, and watched the news. And several stories have popped up. To begin with, it never stated in the papers that Logan "got and loaded the shotgun". Now so it happens that a day later when Mr. Lancasters mother was interviewed she said he loaded the shotgun. From the way she reacted on the news it seemed she never had any feelings towards Logan to begin. So it was easy to make up yet another side of the story to pin everything on Logan and make her seem like the grieving mother. Again, I'm not saying what Logan did was the right choice, but from what every is saying, I don't doubt him for doing it. As for me, I will be there on his next court appearance and from now and then on I will do everything I can to support him. And I can only hope that his "family" is there so that I can prove to them that Logan has someone who cares.

  • hardeeman92 Jan 15, 2009

    First off, I want to get some things straight. There are several different stories floating around both the media and the paper. Some of you may consider me a cold-hearted person after this, but I could really care less. In the years that Logan and I have been friends, I've only met his stepfather twice. And both times he's seemed like a laid back average person. But I never get to close to someone without finding out their dirty secrets first. I found that Mr. Lancaster had a background history of trouble. Not to mention how Logan always told me how much of a seemingly hostile person he was. So it was no wonder he would "put on a show" in front of others. Not only that, I can't recall ever a time where Logan has said something positive about him or his step-family. And from what he has told me I don't blame him for what he did. But I'm not saying it was the right thing to do. Logan shot his stepfather because he was afraid of the outcome. I hate to say it, but he's gonna have to pay.

  • msmac0622 Jan 12, 2009

    It sounds like a very sad situation. I only hope that it all comes out what he's been through, and he gets the help he so desperately needed. Shame on you parents who can't step up to the plate, and be responsible for your kids & give them the love & guidance they need. Shame on the ones that put others before their children. My heart goes out to Logan, & the children who have to raise themselves, & to the grandparents that try their best to help!

  • chihuahua5435435 Jan 12, 2009

    Logan is my friend. I go to school with him. I'm in ROTC with him. He's my friggen brother! We shouldn't be sitting here arguing or criticizing about him. We need to help him through this. He would help me. He would help any of us if we needed him! He has a good heart, and we gotta help him through this. I've been to hell and back, and I have many scary things...and I can relate. Its all the more reason to get together for him.

  • materialgurlnc Jan 12, 2009

    i have known logan since we were little kids in church together. unfortunately for him, he had lousy parents who always fought- he most often came to church with his grandparents. i didn't know this mr. lancaster and i don't know his daddy very well. i do know his mama is certifiable and she is a recovering alcoholic and meth addict, so it can be easily said that he grew up in a broken home. logan was always a happy kid, he never fought with anyone when he played together. i don't see him as much as i did when we were growing up, but i have never heard of him doing anything like this before. i feel so bad for him and his family, this must be devastating for them. knowing him, it's very hard to see him as a cold-blooded killer.

  • JenniferK Jan 12, 2009

    Regardless of the "type" of person that either of them are/were, it's sad that two kids who lost their mom so tragically, have now lost a father too.

  • mikedarroch Jan 12, 2009

    well i'm glad somebody else knew the real step dad there's alot more that could be said about him but no need to rub salt in an open wound thanks for being so candid dmanka