Sheriff: Suspects in Granville couple's slaying won't be returned to NC for some time
Posted January 5, 2015
Updated January 6, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — Although the father and son accused of killing a Granville County couple on New Year's Day could be charged in their deaths this week, authorities don't expect to see them back in North Carolina for a while.
"It won't be soon," Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins said Monday when asked when Edward Watson Campbell and Eric Alexander Campbell might be returned to the area to face murder charges.
The Campbells allegedly drove a stolen Chevrolet Suburban from Texas to North Carolina, where authorities say they killed Jerome and Dora Faulkner, set their home north of Oxford on fire, loaded their bodies into the back of their pickup and stole the truck.
The father and son were arrested Thursday afternoon in Lewisburg, W.Va., after a traffic stop ended in a shootout that wounded two officers and Edward Campbell.
The Faulkners' bodies returned to North Carolina, where autopsies were conducted. Their stolen Chevrolet Silverado pickup was taken to the state crime lab in Raleigh, where investigators collected evidence from it.
Edward Campbell, 54, and Eric Campbell, 21, are being held in West Virginia on two counts each of attempted first-degree murder and malicious assault on a government officer.
Funerals for Jerome Faulkner, 73, a retired volunteer fire chief, and Dora Fauikner, 62, a registered nurse, are set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford, with burial at Mountain Creek Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.