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Sheriff: Suspects in Granville couple's slaying won't be returned to NC for some time

Posted January 5, 2015
Updated January 6, 2015

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— 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.

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  • Maureen Mercer Jan 9, 2015
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    May they both have short lives.

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Jan 6, 2015

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    +1

  • VickLo Jan 6, 2015

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    Not enough...

  • miseem Jan 6, 2015

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    I just hope that WV is not planning on holding them until resolution of the WV charges. If so, it could be years before they get back to NC to face justice here. Of course, that's assuming the couple were killed in NC, not further up the road.

  • Edward Levy Jan 6, 2015
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    . Yes, I agree with you Johnny. He looks GREAT! It is a wonder what a truck ride in to a ravine can do for someone. He must have been concentrating on murdering a senior couple and attempted murder of 2 police officERS. Lucky for the police, that they had protected gear on, or it would have been 4 MURDERS

  • Thomas Fenske Jan 6, 2015
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    That "kid" was in a serious wreck trying to get away. I still wonder if there are other crimes between TX and NC ...

  • johnnymanziel Jan 6, 2015

    That kid is really puffed up.

  • Mary Boehm Jan 5, 2015
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    death penality

  • snakeman65 Jan 5, 2015

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    Because they are facing charges in WV also.
    "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."

  • Barbara Sossomon Jan 5, 2015
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    WHY NOT?