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Police Arrest Two in Fayetteville Stabbing

Posted February 24, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Police say the stabbing death of a Fayetteville man was part of a crime spree that involved murder, robbery and arson. As a result, area residents are dealing with the loss of a well-known and respected man.

Police say they found the inside of Mack Gibson's home ransacked as he lay outside stabbed to death. A neighbor, Gary Tierney, said this dreaded crime happened to a most unlikely person.

William David Bunce, 32, and Lisa Edwards, 25, were arrested Sunday and charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon in connection with Gibson's death. Police say the couple stabbed Gibson in the back, left him near his carport, then took off in his Corvette.

Police were checking reports Sunday that Bunce and Edwards drove with Gibson to his home Saturday night. There were no signs of forced entry at the home and no cars parked nearby that the couple could have used, Lt. Tom Guilette said.

Tom Harmon, a neighbor who rented a home from Gibson, said he heard an engine revving about 11:40 p.m. Saturday, looked out a window and saw a man behind the steering wheel of Gibson's car. A woman was in the passenger seat.

After the car sped away, Harmon went to investigate and discovered Gibson's body. He had been stabbed several times.

Minutes after police investigators got to Gibson's home, his car was found burning alongside U.S. 301 south of Fayetteville.

As investigators drove to the abandoned car, a Texas man staying at a nearby motel reported that his pickup truck had been stolen. The description of the thieves matched Bunce and Edwards, police said.

About two hours later, a Cumberland County sheriff's deputy saw the pickup truck abandoned in Wade. It, too, was on fire.

Police said they were able to trace the couple to a Fayetteville motel room, where they had been staying since late last week.

Gibson was a veteran advertising salesman with the Fayetteville Observer-Times. Co-worker John Jones says Gibson was a man loved and cherished by his family and friends.

Tierney says neighbors are learning that even the best of neighborhoods aren't sheltered from the worst of crimes.

Bunce and Edwards are being held in Cumberland County Jail without bond. Bunce has served time for a long list of larceny and breaking and entering conviction.

Further charges against the two are pending.