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Third man charged after bodies found in burning Sanford car

Posted August 24, 2011 11:21 a.m. EDT
Updated August 24, 2011 11:40 a.m. EDT

— A third man was charged Wednesday in the deaths of a man and woman whose bodies were found inside a burning car in Sanford early Sunday, police said.

William Rockne Horton II, 34, of 13 Greenside Lane in Sanford, was charged as an accessory after the fact of murder. He was being held in the Lee County Jail under a $250,000 bond.

On Tuesday, Donald McLaughlin, 28, of 718 Magnolia St., was charged with two counts each of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping and one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon. Also, Damian Arnell McSwain, 25, of 2107 Lee Ave., was charged with accessory after the fact of murder.

Firefighters putting out a car fire behind Warren Williams School found the bodies of Christopher Michael Plush, 30, and Anna Stack Truelove, 21. Both had been shot, police said.

Investigators have not offered a motive and have not commented on the relationships between the victims and the suspects.

McLaughlin was being held without bond, while McSwain was being held under a $250,000 bond.

McLaughlin was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2005 and served six months of a 36-month sentence, according to court records. This week, a grand jury in Lee County began considering charges of assault with a deadly weapon and robbery with a dangerous weapon charges against him, police said.

McSwain was placed on probation on Aug. 4 after being convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to state Department of Correction records. He also has a felony drug conviction from 2005.