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Raeford man charged in Hoke stabbing death

Posted April 21, 2011 9:37 a.m. EDT
Updated April 21, 2011 1:48 p.m. EDT

— Investigators arrested a Raeford man Thursday in the stabbing death of a 59-year-old man in his Hoke County home in March, Sheriff Hubert A. Peterkin said.

Michael Jermaine Hobson, 32, of 522 E. Fifth St., was charged with first-degree murder in the March 4 death of Roy Lee Murchison Jr. Hobson was placed in the Hoke County jail without bond.

Authorities said that Murchinson’s brother found his body in his home in Pilgrim Park Mobile Home Park, off Hobson Road, between Fayetteville and Raeford. The brother couldn't get the door open and had to force his way in.

Murchinson had been stabbed multiple times, and there were signs of struggle in the home, where he lived alone, Peterkin said.

Authorities haven't disclosed a motive in the case. The sheriff said the investigation was ongoing.

Murchinson left behind three daughters and a grandson.

Since 1996, Hobson has spent nearly seven years in prison and has gotten 18 convictions, including assault inflicting serious injury, common-law robbery, breaking and entering and dealing controlled substances, according to state Department of Correction records.