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Insurance Policy Motive for Double Murder

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DUNN — Three people are behind bars for their roles in a pair of cold andcalculated murders. Police say the three suspects spent months plottingwhat they thought was the perfect crime, all to cash in on a lifeinsurance policy.

Deputies told WRAL'sMark Robertsthat Robbie Brewington left the home early Thursday for work while hisgirlfriend and another friend moved in. They allegedly knocked out the 8year old, stabbed the great grandmother to death, torched the place withgas, then left. All three confessed to the crime Friday.

Investigators say it was a cold, calculated plot motivated by greed thatled to a fire and two murders. Eighty-two-year-old Frances Brewington wasstabbed. Her burnt body was found inside the home. Brian Brewington dieda few feet from his great grandmother. Brian's mother couldn't containher emotions as she returned to the scene.

Deputies say Robbie Brewington, the grandson and uncle of the victimsplanned the whole thing. Elbert Maynard, a relative of the victims wasvery surprised Robbie Brewington was capable of such a crime.

The Sheriff says Brewington and his girlfriend, 19-year-old Vera Leeplanned to collect an insurance policy on the boy, get married, and starta new life. Deputies say 17-year-old Michael McKeithan stabbed the greatgrandmother to death with a dagger he led investigators to after thearrest.

Another relative of the victims, Shelby Denning, says she's shocked by thecrime but hopes everyone involved is punished severely for what they'vedone.

While all three suspects have confessed, investigators say they're shockedby the lack of remorse shown by the suspects as they were beingquestioned. Brewington and Lee were recently seen in Fayettevilleshopping for a double-wide mobile home. Investigators say that's whatthey planned to buy with a $58,000 insurance policy on the boy.

All three suspects made their first appearances in court Friday. Eachwill seek legal representation, and separate trials will be held on afuture date.

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