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Third man charged after bodies found in burning Sanford car

Posted August 24, 2011

— A third man was charged Wednesday in the deaths of a man and woman whose bodies were found inside a burning car in Sanford early Sunday, police said.

William Rockne Horton II, 34, of 13 Greenside Lane in Sanford, was charged as an accessory after the fact of murder. He was being held in the Lee County Jail under a $250,000 bond.

On Tuesday, Donald McLaughlin, 28, of 718 Magnolia St., was charged with two counts each of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping and one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon. Also, Damian Arnell McSwain, 25, of 2107 Lee Ave., was charged with accessory after the fact of murder.

Firefighters putting out a car fire behind Warren Williams School found the bodies of Christopher Michael Plush, 30, and Anna Stack Truelove, 21. Both had been shot, police said.

Investigators have not offered a motive and have not commented on the relationships between the victims and the suspects.

McLaughlin was being held without bond, while McSwain was being held under a $250,000 bond.

McLaughlin was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2005 and served six months of a 36-month sentence, according to court records. This week, a grand jury in Lee County began considering charges of assault with a deadly weapon and robbery with a dangerous weapon charges against him, police said.

McSwain was placed on probation on Aug. 4 after being convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to state Department of Correction records. He also has a felony drug conviction from 2005.


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  • jcropper84 Aug 25, 2011

    The justice system in this county and the state SUCKS!!! As for Lee County....you have officers who are known drug dealers in surroundings counties....Officers who harrass the innocent and let the quilty go free. When you drive around town you see 4 or 5 cop cars surrounding one car for speeding. They have also been seen sleeping in their vehilces around town. When you call 911 you can't get much help. If you are a victim and just so happen that the officer knows the criminal...you are basically SOL. If you feel that a friend or family memeber has a drug problem and is a threat to themselves, you are basically told to go home. The justice system is a JOKE. People's tax paying dollars are being wasted so they can let people like this back out on the street. I just don't understand. They feel as if they have all this power and they feel like they can just do whatever with it. It's NOT FAIR. God is really the only one on your side. It's a shame that because of our justice system, these po

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 24, 2011

    NBC 17 had pictures of the victim. So sad, that they met their end this way. Wonder how long before they are out this time?

  • dwt4201981 Aug 24, 2011

    I know someone that knows him and he already killed a guy that beat him up. He has robbed numerous places. He is a threat to the community and needs to be put away for life if not more. He should have been in jail numerous times. This would not have happend if the court system worked.

  • hunter38 Aug 24, 2011

    Good job N.C. Justice system....two people could still be alive today if these guys would have stayed in jail

  • slappywhite Aug 24, 2011

    nice bunch

  • heels21 Aug 24, 2011

    Is that address (Greenside Ln.), The one in Carolina Trace? A private gated community. Wonder if he was retired and lived there for the golf?

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Aug 24, 2011

    Gotta love our LIBERAL judicial system. Everyone is a victim, and deserves many chances. I'm sure we'll hear they were all good people.

  • beachboater Aug 24, 2011

    There is a lot of talk about innocent people go to jail everyday. I'm sure that's true, but our justice system is supposed to be the best alternative to an eye for an eye.

    Habitual felons? Well, I've never heard that a convicted felon who is innocent of the second or third or fourth offence goes to jail everyday.

    Maybe all habitual felons should in fact get the needle.

    Works for me.

    How's that rehab working for ya?

  • mac240 Aug 24, 2011

    This is the "New Norm", get use to it!

  • queenbeeitch Aug 24, 2011

    word on the street around sanford has it as execution style shooting & FBI involvement. orma, not sure a lawsuit will fly once all facts emerge.