Smithfield man said he killed drug dealer for getting him addicted
Posted April 9, 2013
Updated April 11, 2013
Smithfield, N.C. — A Smithfield man told Johnston County deputies before dying of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound last week that he killed his drug dealer for getting him hooked on crack cocaine, according to a search warrant released Tuesday.
William Craig Baker, 46, called 911 on Friday to report a murder-suicide at 120 Hillcrest Road in Smithfield.
Deputies arrived to find Lucas Lorenzo Benton, 32, of Four Oaks, dead in the front yard. They also found a wounded Baker lying on a homemade trailer nearby with a weapon beside him. He died later at a local hospital.
In an application for a warrant to search the house and two cars parked outside, deputies said it appeared that Benton's body was dragged from inside the home and left behind a 2003 Chevrolet Impala with its trunk open. A rock of crack was found beside his body.
Baker told a deputy that Benton was a drug dealer who had gotten him addicted to crack, so he shot him, according to the affidavit. He said there was no money dispute that led to the shooting.
"I shot him, then I shot myself. I need to leave," the deputy quoted Baker as saying, noting that he believed the latter part of the statement meant that Baker wanted to die.
Investigators seized an "off-white rock-like substance" from inside the house and from the Impala, according to the search warrant. They also found smoking devices and accessories, a shotgun, fired shotgun shells and a revolver from inside the home, the warrant states.