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Family says dead man wrongly implicated in 1974 slaying

Posted October 21, 2010

— The family of a dead Sanford man recently named as a suspect in a 1974 slaying say that Cumberland County detectives have it wrong.

Detectives recently said they believe that Waylon Perry Sauls shot and killed Anthony King in Fayetteville on July 8, 1974. Detectives said that new information from a friend of King who recently came forward led them to believe that Sauls killed King over a drug debt owed to Sauls' son.

Sauls' daughter Glenda Riggsbee, though, questioned that finding and said that authorities never talked to her family before publicly implicating her father.

"We've lived here in Lee County for years and years, and my dad retired here. We never had anybody whatsoever to approach us with anything that happened," Rigsbee said.

State Department of Correction records show that Sauls' only conviction was for driving while impaired in 1991.

He died in 1997 of acute alcoholism.


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  • MudLife Oct 21, 2010

    how sad

  • crustyhalo Oct 21, 2010

    Cumberland County failed in this severly....I feel sorry for the family of Mr Sauls..this is absurd. CCSO...you should be ashamed of yourself.

  • golowral Oct 21, 2010

    Hey. Come now. Cumberland County finally solved a case. Let them revel in the glory. Forget that it only took 30 some odd years to figure out they could blame a dead guy who couldn't speak for himself. Bring on the Krispy Kremes. ...Wonder how much this worthless case cost the tax payers?

  • peppercorns Oct 21, 2010

    Gee the guy was already a drunk...and now he is a murderer! So what!!! He is gone and it is the family that has to suffer.

  • shortcake53 Oct 21, 2010

    Gee, I wonder what I'm going to be accused of after I'm dead?

  • lisa4 Oct 21, 2010

    I agree with all these comments. This is just so wrong!!! Even the deceased can't rest in peace these days. You would think someone would have contacted the family. My prayers go out to the Sauls family.

  • kjackson47 Oct 21, 2010

    sounds like somebody has no idea what they are talking about!!!!
    poor judgment on behalf of cumberland couty

  • whocares Oct 21, 2010

    It seems a little late for all this. Where was this person 36 years ago when the crime occurred? It seems strange that the authorities did not contact the family before giving out this information.

  • airbornemonty Oct 21, 2010

    What better way to clear unsolved cases than to blame a person that is deceased.

    No investigation, no endless paper work, no tying up investigators, he perfect solution, but now prove it to make it believable.

  • u stand corrected Oct 21, 2010

    You better have your facts straight if you're going to accuse a deceased person. If they can't produce evidence, I would sue over this. This is wrong.