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2 Charged as Accessories in Hoke Slaying

Posted June 28, 2007 11:30 a.m. EDT

— Two people have been charged as accessories to murder in connection with the March slaying of a Hoke County man as he drove on the highway, authorities said.

Michael Freeman was driving on N.C. Highway 211 from Red Springs to Raeford shortly after midnight on March 29 when the occupants of another car fired at him, authorities said. Freeman's car ran off the road, went through a chain-link fence and slammed into a tree on Murph McLaughlin Road, authorities said.

Freeman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Antonio Blanks, 20, of 650 Goose Pond Road in Red Springs, and Tony Anthony Avery Jr., 22, of 2022 Mount Zion Road in Maxton, were charged with murder in the case in March.

This week, Chad Lynn Blanks, 22, and Lamar Javon Anderson, 20, both of 650 Goose Pond Road, were charged with being accessories after the fact to first-degree murder. Both men are being held in the Hoke County Jail under $50,000 secured bonds.