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New Lead in Nash County Homicide Case

Posted August 13, 1996 7:00 a.m. EDT

— Nash County investigators may have a new lead in a 4-month-old crime that left a popular merchant dead from gunshot wounds..

W.J. Bone (pictured at left), who ran a family-owned country store in the town of Sandy Cross, was found dead in his home in April. Investigatorsthenthought robbery may have been a motive for the killing.

At a press conference Wednesday, Nash County authorities said they believe the killing and break-in at Bone's store might have been related to a March robbery at Graham's Grocery, a convenience store located about 10 minutes away from Bone's store.

Roger Braziel (below, right) of Graham's store says authorities believe the gun that shot out the locks on his door might have been the same weapon used to kill Bone.

Grimes added that he thinks the gun might be the key to solving these crimes.

There is a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those persons connected with the Graham's Grocery robbery and a total of $20,000 in for such information on those responsible for Bone's death.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about either the Graham's Grocery robbery or the Bone slaying to call the Nash County Sheriff's Office, 919-459-4121