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Dunn Bomb Scare Turns Attention Back on Murder Trial

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Ft. Bragg explosive experts confirmed the black box was not a bomb.
DUNN — A metal box with wires coming out of it forcedthe evacuation of an entire city block after it was found outside a Dunnwoman's home. The bomb scare came four days after the end of a murdertrial in which a member of the household was a victim.

It took investigators from the Ft. Bragg explosives team three hours todetermine the box was not explosive.

Wayne Newbold, who was gunned down while working in his store, lived atthe house where the bomb was found. Dunn Police Sgt. Tony Strickland saidthe recent trial was one reason police took the scare so seriously.

John Small, the cousin of the accused in the murder trial, said no onein his family was to blame.

"I don't think anybody in my family or in Dunn would appreciate doinganything like that to start with because whoever would do something wrongwill have to pay for it dearly," he said.

Residents of the neighborhood said they were concerned about the possibleconnection between the bomb scare and the trial.

"Somebody's trying to really mess something up because they know thisthing is really heated right now and really what I think somebody's tryingto do is cause a riot," said James McNeill.

Dunn police are still investigating how the box ended up in thatparticular neighborhood and in front of the Newbold's home. They have nosuspects.

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