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Three face charges after Mule Days fight

Posted September 27, 2010

— Three men face charges as a result of the fight in Benson Friday night in which a Clayton police officer was injured.

The officer, whom sources identified as Sgt. Kenneth Lunger, was providing security for Benson's popular annual Mule Days festival.

The officer was trying to break up the scuffle outside The Tar Pit, at South Wall Street and West Parrish Drive, when one man pulled a knife, according to Tammy Amaon, spokeswoman for the Johnston County Sheriff's Office.

The officer's bulletproof vest blocked most of the blow, but he was cut in the chest and arm, Amaon said. He was treated at Johnston Memorial Hospital and returned to work on Saturday, Benson Town Manager Matt Zapp said.

Christopher Blake Moore, 26, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He was jailed on $500,000 bond.

Joshua Holt Thomas, 24, of Four Oaks, was charged with assault, and Franklin Dale Schliebener, 26, was charged with resisting arrest. Both were released without bond.

Moore spent 2½ years in prison on a manslaughter conviction and was released in April 2009.

He was originally charged with murder in the June 19, 2005, shooting death of 18-year-old Julius Anthony Lee at the Days Inn on Honeycutt Street. He was convicted of manslaughter and possession of a firearm, according to state Department of Correction records.

Moore has additional drug convictions dating from 2005 and 2002.


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  • Centurian Sep 28, 2010

    johnbenennis, your post was hilarious! "Clayton cops came in and thought they owned the place. Mule days is no longer the fun time it used to be."

    I suppose you prefer the days when a drunk could fight and cut folks in a public place and not be held to account. I'm glad that the Clayton police and other officers were there to keep that rowdy bunch of Mule Days drunks in check!

    Benson PD asked other agencies to send officers there for a reason!

  • johnbenennis Sep 28, 2010

    well, if they were actin the same way towards these guys as they did everyone else, they got what was coming to'em. Clayton cops came in and thought they owned the place. Mule days is no longer the fun time it used to be

  • thepeopleschamp Sep 27, 2010

    Why wasn't he charged with assault on a police officer???

    It looks like he was charged with Assault With A Deadly Weapon With Intent To Kill, which is a felony and a higher class crime than Assault on Law Enforcement, which is still only a misdemenor in NC.

  • geosol Sep 27, 2010

    Why is it always this same demographic that we read about committing serious crimes? Why can't the members of this community "step up" and provide more positive role models? This kind of thing happens due to the entitlement mentality of these people.

  • isavelives11 Sep 27, 2010

    I love it when something happens in Johnston County someone always has to make a comment "thats JOCO!" this could have happened in any county...

  • UPTOP Sep 27, 2010

    This officer was cut and the guy had a bond ?Wow

  • donewithecu Sep 27, 2010

    They probably couldn't charge him with assault on a police officer becuase the officer was providing security as a private contractor for the Mule Days.

  • cowboyup4886 Sep 27, 2010

    It aint that bad if people act like they are supposed to and dont come up startin trouble

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Sep 27, 2010

    This is why I stay away from Mule Days.

  • Whatever Geez Sep 27, 2010

    impatientgirl, you can hardly go anywhere without worrying if a fight will break out and what dummy will start shooting/stabbing for no reason. its like something they love to do around a bunch of people...