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Police Arrest Husband For Death Of Wake County Teacher

Posted September 5, 2003 7:24 a.m. EDT

— Authorities have made an arrest in the shooting death of Nancy Britt.

Myron Britt, Nancy's husband, was arrested Thursday by SBI agents and Lumberton police detectives in connection with his wife's death.

Authorities say that on Aug. 23, 49-year-old Nancy Britt, an Enloe High School teacher, was staying overnight with her sister when an unknown assailant entered the residence and shot her. Britt was found dead with a single gunshot wound.

The SBI Crime Lab compared physical evidence from the shooting to other evidence uncovered by investigators. Information gained through the investigation along with the results of the SBI Crime Lab's analysis of evidence led to the issuance of an arrest warrant charging Britt with her murder.

Britt's high profile attorney, Roger Smith, said he is waiting for authorities to release more information.

"Those are things that will unfold in the days ahead," Smith said. "We are always eager to get as much information as we can."

Authorities say Nancy Britt's sister contacted 911 for help at 3:28 a.m. Investigators contacted Myron Britt at their Cary home about his wife's death around 6 a.m. Investigators said they do not plan to make any further arrests.

SBI agents and Lumberton police spent Thursday afternoon combing through the Britt family home in the McGregor West subdivision of Cary. Neighbors tell WRAL they do not believe Britt killed his wife.

"For us, to hear the fact that he has been charged -- they better have some good evidence," neighbor Nick Francis said.

What investigators do have could be damaging. Authorities say physical evidence links Myron Britt to the scene of his wife's death. Detectives recovered the bullet and the shell casing but won't say if they have the weapon.

Neighbors also said the Britts appeared to be happily married and that Myron Britt was devastated by his wife's death. The Britts had been married for 25 years and had known each other since middle school.

Britt, who owns a homebuilding business, was transported to Lumberton and placed in the Robeson County Jail without bond. Court records show Britt was found guilty of nine counts of obtaining property under false pretenses in 1998.