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Trio charged in Lee County beatings

Posted November 5, 2011

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— A trio of men face charges in connection with two September robberies outside Sanford in which two men were beaten.

Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter said that two masked men attacked Jeremy Christopher Haire in his yard at 938 Frank Wicker Road around 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 18.

The men struck Haire in the head and stole his wallet and car keys, the sheriff said. He was treated at Central Carolina Hospital for a laceration to his head.

Eight days later, two masked men broke into Kelly Lee Rogers' house at 1919 Pumping Station Road shortly after midnight, Carter said. They tied Rodgers up, beat him in the head with a golf club and stole cash, a cell phone and keys.

Rodgers suffered serious head and face injuries and was treated at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

After six-week-long investigation, deputies arrested three suspects on Thursday – Billy Ray Bullard, of 117 Pine Drive in Vass, Randy Ross Hunter, 34, of 234 Heron Rogus Road in Broadway, and Jeremiah Trinity Gray, of 264 Gilmore Farm Road in Sanford.

Investigators believe that Bullard and Hunter assaulted Rodgers and that Bullard and Gray assaulted Haire. Gray is also accused of conspiracy in the robbery of Haire.

Bullard was charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, conspiracy and two counts each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and first-degree kidnapping. He was given a $250,000 secured bond.

Hunter was charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was being held under a $200,000 secured bond.

Gray was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He was given a $50,000 secured bond.

Hunter was serving two concurrent probation sentences for three felony larceny convictions from April and December, state Department of Correction records show. His criminal record, which dates to 1994, also includes convictions for dealing drugs and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Gray has convictions for dealing drugs and assault inflicting serious injury, DOC records state.

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  • wildcat Nov 7, 2011

    Glad they got them and now may they all face their dire consequences in jail.

  • Ambygirl Nov 7, 2011

    Everyday, someone on probation is out doing the same crimes again. It's just absolutely crazy! And their bonds are nothing really. What has happened to our justice system? Better yet, what has happened to our society that it is just getting worse and worse everyday?

  • YippiYiyoKiYay Nov 7, 2011

    Another example of the powder puff judicial system. Lawyers making laws for other lawyers. It's become a vocational supporting system, just like the AMA. How else can the TV lawyers get all those disability claims through? Yep, the fix is in. It's all about money.

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 7, 2011

    I agree that the bond was too low for this type of crime, especially since they already have convictions.

  • Wake1 Nov 7, 2011

    These three should never be allowed to be part of society again!!! They should be tied up & receive the same treatment they dished out!

  • SmokeWagon Nov 7, 2011

    ..."Hunter was serving two concurrent probation sentences for three felony larceny convictions from April and December, state Department of Correction records show. His criminal record, which dates to 1994, also includes convictions for dealing drugs and possession of a firearm by a felon...."

    The JUDGES and LAWYERS these three have had over the years should be arrested, jailed and made to serve the sentence that these three SHOULD HAVE BEEN SERVING....!!!!!!! What a waste of law enforcement to arrest these three...just so they can be set free by some liberal judge with lawyers paid for by our tax dollars...!!!!!!!!

  • Lead by Example Nov 7, 2011

    That bond is insanely low. These guys should have a bond of several million dollars, or NO BOND at all.

  • kawasaki333 Nov 7, 2011

    Is anyone else tired of reading about violent criminals that should already be in prison. "On probation" Wonder if the judges read the news, probably not because they would recognize too many.