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Son charged in death of couple found in Fayetteville home

Posted June 16, 2016 5:12 a.m. EDT
Updated June 16, 2016 5:22 p.m. EDT

— Fayetteville police have charged the son of a Fayetteville couple found dead inside their home Wednesday night with first-degree murder in connection with their deaths.

Officers responded around 10 p.m. to 6301 Cool Shade Dr. to do a wellbeing check. When they arrived, the bodies of John Miles, 66, and Delilah Miles, 62, were found inside the home.

Investigators said the couple died as the result of gunshot wounds.

John Oalton Miles, Jr., 32, who lived with the couple, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Fayetteville police said John Oalton Miles, Jr. fled to the Miami Beach, Fla. area, where he was taken into custody by members of the Miami Beach Police Department, who charged him with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and carrying a concealed weapon.

Authorities said the vehicle was taken from his parents home.

Miles was being held in Miami Thursday afternoon, awaiting extradition back to North Carolina.

Court records show that in April 2015, Delilah Miles filed for a protective order against her son. She said her son had punched his father in the face and pointed a gun at his head. She also said her son punched her in the arm and threatened to kill the couple, saying things like "I'll hurt you" and "I'll mess you up," court records said.

Delilah Miles had the case voluntarily dismissed a month later and the misdemeanor charges against John Oalton Miles Jr. of assault and communicating threats were dropped.

A neighbor, who did not want to give her name because she was concerned for her safety, said she's known the couple for more than 20 years and suspected something was wrong over the past two days.

She said she had not seen the couple or their car for two days and all the lights have been off inside the house. Around 6 p.m. Wednesday night, the neighbor said the couple's daughter called, saying she had been trying to call her mother, who wasn't answering. The neighbor told the daughter to call police.

Terry Register, who mows the couple's lawn, said he too had not heard from them in days.

"It's a little disturbing when you live in this neighborhood so long. You know people and all of a sudden, something like this happens," he said.

Neighbors said Delilah Miles retired from the VA Medical Center a few years ago and John Miles was a retired post office worker who previously served in the military.

"Quiet person, no problem with either one of them," said neighbor John Handey. "She was always out working in the yard and he was doing whatever he had to do, like take out the trash."