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Two Arrested in Zebulon, Neither Charged with...

Posted March 5, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— A day-and-a-half after a brutal triple murder in a Zebulon house, two arrests have been made, but no murder charges have been filed yet.

Wake County Sheriff John Baker now says drugs are believed to have been a factor in the crime and that drugs were found on the two suspects when they were taken into custody. The two are now in Wake County jail on $100,000 each, facing only drug charges.

Anthony Brown and Leah Bryce are charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine. According to Baker, neither Brown nor Bryce have been ruled out as suspects in the murders.

Police tape has come down at the crime scene. It has been determined that victim Dewayne Rogers lived in the house, 14-year-old victim Damian Armstrong lived across the street. Police don't know yet how the third victim, Robin Watkins, came to be in the house.

Watkins' sister, Susan Price, says she saw Watkins shortly before she was killed.

Police say it was drugs that lured the victims to their deaths. Price says she doesn't know if her sister was involved with drugs or not.

Sheriff Baker says he is appalled at the brutality of this crime.

Police now say the car that was found at the scene belonged to Watkins. They have not ruled out the possibility that she could have been abducted and brought to Rogers' house. Witnesses have told police that Watkins was seen at the house on several occasions prior to Monday night.