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Suspect arrested in death of Cumberland County man

Posted October 9, 2008 12:26 p.m. EDT
Updated October 9, 2008 9:34 p.m. EDT

— Charles Michael Gainey II, 34, of 1200 Cannon Road in Fayetteville, was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Clarence Bauer, 79, of Fayetteville.

Cumberland County sheriff's detectives said they believe Gainey robbed and killed Bauer and stole his 2004 white Ford Focus. The car was found in Dunn.

Bauer was found dead at his home at 348 Star Lane on Oct. 4. A state medical examiner determined that he was murdered, but the cause of death was not released.

Detectives interviewed Gainey earlier in the week. They had said Wednesday that they intended to question Paul Mitchell Edge, 47, of Parkton, in the case, but did not explain a connection.

Gainey was being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center pending a first court appearance scheduled for Friday at 2:30 p.m.