Three face a judge for Johnston man's death

May 29, 2008 6:41:51 AM PDT
Three people charged with murder are expected to make their first court appearance Thursday in Johnston County.

Johnston County officials say a friend went to the home on Highway 242 Wednesday morning and found 62-year-old Bobby McLamb dead.

Victim's friend James Holder could not hold back the tears when he thinks of his friend, Bobby McLamb. The two ate dinner together every night.

"He would give you the shirt off his back. If you needed help, he would help you," Holder said.

McLamb was found dead inside his home at 8:30 a.m. after he failed to show up for work at a gas and supply store.

Family and friends tell Eyewitness News he was stabbed and beaten.

Johnston County Sheriff's officials went on a manhunt for two suspects at a migrant housing complex nearby.

They combed the area by foot and by car, while a Highway Patrol helicopter circled a wooded area near the farm.

That is where they found one suspect and took him into custody. The man, his mother and his girlfriend are charged with robbery and first degree murder.

Luis Angel Reyes Hernandez, 27, Nancy Hernandez, 48, and Amanda Jean Russell, 26. All live on Godwin Lake Road in Dunn.

The three are being held in the Johnston County Jail under no bond. Their first court appearance is scheduled for Thrusday afternoon.

Authorities will not say what the connection is between the suspects and McLamb, but family and friends say he kept cash and weapons in his home.

"We got to be real, real close. We would hunt together. We would go places together," Holder said.

Holder and his family say their dinner table will be empty now and they will not rest until there is justice for their friend.

"He's going to be missed, he really is," Holder said.

Friends say McLamb's home has been broken into before.

The investigation is ongoing, with the possibility of additional charges.


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