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DA to seek death in slaying of Four Oaks couple

Posted April 17, 2010 9:53 p.m. EDT

— Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a man accused of slaying a Four Oaks retired couple.

Firefighters found Sue Anne Beasley, 65, in her burning house at 125 Hollow Oak Drive, and her husband, L.C. Beasley, 66, in a nearby storage shed on Jan. 11. He had been shot twice, his autopsy found.

Sue Anne Beasley's hands were tied behind her back with cloth cords, and her ankles were tied with a belt, according to the autopsy report. She was shot once in the forehead and once in the left eye.

Barney Edward Gamble, 48, of King Mill Road, faces two counts of first-degree murder in the couple's deaths, along with charges of first-degree kidnapping, arson and larceny of a motor vehicle.

Johnson County District Attorney Susan Doyle told WRAL News on Saturday that she will pursue a capital case against Gamble.