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Two Accused Killers Have First Court Appearance

Posted September 24, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Two brothers accused of slaying two police officers made their first court appearance Wednesday. 17-year-old Kevin Golphin and his brother 19-year-old Tillman Golphin are in Cumberland County jail, held without bond, facing murder charges. Investigators say they shot and killed Highway Patrolman Lloyd "Ed" Lowry and Cumberland County Sheriff's Deputy David Hathcock on Tuesday.

The brothers stood before a judge in their first court appearance around 9:00 Wednesday morning at the Cumberland County Court House. They stood to hear the charges that they face - two counts of first-degree murder each - and were also given a court-appointed attorney.

Police said the shooting started with a traffic stop and ended with the death of two of their friends and colleagues.

Flags fly at half-staff. The signs of mourning are evident all around the Cumberland County law enforcement center. Mourning the deaths of Lowry and Hathcock. Police said Lowry pulled over the Golphin brothers in the Toyota Camery they were driving.

That's when Lowry found out the car was stolen. Hathcock responded for backup. Although it's unclear what exactly happened after that, Sheriff "Moose" Butler tried to fill in the blanks.

Police said the Golphin brothers opened fire on the two officers with a Chinese-made SKS assault rifle. The two teens were apprehended about 20 miles down the road after crashing their car while trying to get away. Investigators said Lowry was wearing a bullet-proof vest, but Hathcock was not. But since a SKS assault rifle was used, police said the vest didn't make much of a difference.

At the scene on Interstate 95 Wednesday, one flowered cross sits in memory of two law enforcement officers just doing their job. Lowry's brother Al came out for the first time to see where his brother was gunned down.

"He just didn't deserve it," Al Lowry said.

The SBI is investigating and it is asking any witnesses to the event Tuesday to call the SBI with any information they may have. The bureau is also trying to track down where and how two teenagers obtained the SKS assault rifle.