Murder, Carjacking Suspects Appear in Court
Posted August 20, 1998 7:00 a.m. EDT
FAYETTEVILLE — Six of the seven people accused in a double murder appeared in court Friday morning. Investigators say the group committed random murder as part of a gang initiation rite.
On the same day that murder victims Tracy Lambert and Susan Moore were being laid to rest, six of the alleged gang members charged with their deaths made their first court appearances. As a group, the six suspects were taken into the courtroom. Each was appointed an attorney. They showed no remorse in front of the judge for the execution-style murders they are accused of.
"It's been evident ever since the time they've been in custody, they have not shown any remorse for the crimes that they've committed," said Cumberland County Sheriff Earl "Moose" Butler.
The mother of suspect Carlos Frink says her son has been in and out of trouble before. Blondell Frink says she tried to get him help, but it never worked. She says her son told her he did not kill the two women.
"He told me they picked him up at the end," said Blondell Frink. "He did not shoot nobody. He made that clear to me, so I can't do anything but believe what he told me until he's found guilty."
A 15-year-old female juvenile also suspected in the murders remains in South Carolina, where the others were picked up. She is expected to be returned after a hearing on Monday. Cumberland County officials say she will be charged as an adult.
The six suspects now in Cumberland County have also been charged with attempted first degree murder in connection with the carjacking and shooting of Debra Cheeseborough.