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Three appear in court for Fuquay-Varina double murder case

Posted August 4, 2014 3:43 p.m. EDT
Updated August 5, 2014 9:11 a.m. EDT

— Three people accused of killing two men in a Fuquay-Varina home last month made their first court appearance Monday on more than a dozen combined charges in the case.

Police say Kevin Bernard Britt, Gregory Adalberto Crawford and Donavan Jevonte Richardson shot and killed Arthur Brown, 78, and his co-worker, David McKoy, 66, inside Brown's home at 236 Howard Road late on the night of July 17.

Robbery appears to be a motive in the crimes, authorities have said, and according to arrest warrants, a revolver, shotgun and Thompson machine gun, as well as $150, were stolen from the home.

During brief court appearances Monday afternoon, the three were silent as District Court Judge Keith Gregory read aloud the charges they face and appointed them public defenders.

Each suspect faces two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and first-degree burglary.

Britt, 20, of 405 S. Main St., Holly Springs, also faces charges of obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods.

Crawford, 21, of 656 Smith Ridge Way, Fuquay-Varina, and Richardson, 21, of 647 W. Holly Springs Road, Holly Springs, each face an additional count of felony conspiracy.

Brown's sister-in-law discovered the bodies on July 19 while checking in on him after his wife couldn't reach him.

A front sliding-glass door was shattered, she said, and Brown was dead in a bedroom. McKoy, who had been staying with Brown, was found dead in a second bedroom