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Smithfield man said he killed drug dealer for getting him addicted

Posted April 9, 2013
Updated April 11, 2013

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— 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.

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  • whatelseisnew Apr 18, 2013

    Well I appreciate that this guy eliminated a drug dealer, however, he is the one responsible for his drug use not the dealer.

    "I knew Craig personally. It's a very sad situation. I'm not defending his actions but many of you don't know what you would do if you were in the same situation. You can say all day that you wouldn't. We are all one bad decision away from ruining our lives."

    Nope that is just a form of enabling and excuse making. I own and take responsibility for every decision I have made or will make, (good or bad). That sort of attitude is why we see criminals not convicted; the excuse making.

  • Its the who what Apr 10, 2013

    I wish the crackhead would have gotten help instead of murder

  • tux Apr 10, 2013

    "No Im pretty sure I wouldnt turn to crack."

    I would hope not, but that wasn't my point.

  • makemyday Apr 10, 2013

    Two birds.....

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Apr 10, 2013

    Drugs are pure evil.

  • Brian Jenkins Apr 10, 2013

    "I knew Craig personally. It's a very sad situation. I'm not defending his actions but many of you don't know what you would do if you were in the same situation. You can say all day that you wouldn't. We are all one bad decision away from ruining our lives."

    No Im pretty sure I wouldnt turn to crack.

  • tux Apr 10, 2013

    I knew Craig personally. It's a very sad situation. I'm not defending his actions but many of you don't know what you would do if you were in the same situation. You can say all day that you wouldn't. We are all one bad decision away from ruining our lives.

    He was the last person I would expect something like this to happen to. Jovial, friendly, always willing to help a friend or the theater. Knowing he was in pain, I would never suspect that he was doing crack cocaine.

    Rest in peace, Craig. Maybe you can direct some plays in Heaven.

  • phattcatt28 Apr 10, 2013

    This was a poor excuse as to why he killed this man. He made the choice to use drugs therefore he should have taken responsibility for his addiction. If I gain 50lbs from eating Lays chips every day, should I go kill the owner(s) of Lays because of me being overweight? His life his choices but to blame someone else for what he decided to do is ridiculous.

  • Ipromiseitwonthurt Apr 10, 2013

    Well I guess that's as good a reason as any to kill your drug dealer. I'm sure the cops didn't have a problem with it.

  • Whatdaheck Apr 10, 2013

    Those of you defending the dealer as nothing more than a mobile supply house obviously don't know how dealers often work. The more proper term here, instead of dealer, is "pusher".

    All it may have taken is some prodding from the pusher on someone not adamantly opposed to trying drugs. Getting together and getting high for free a few times, then selling some, filling in the "down sales times" with a few more free smokes and BOOM! This guy's addicted. Does that make the user innocent? Of course not but it doesn't make the "dealer" just an innocent supply house either.

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