Funeral held for slain Four Oaks couple

Oliver's Grove Baptist Church

January 25, 2010 10:00:45 AM PST
Funeral services were held Sunday for a couple killed Thursday in Johnston County.

Friends and family packed Oliver's Grove Baptist Church in Four Oaks to remember the couple.

Many struggled to understand why the Beasley's were taken from them in such a sudden act of violence.

The murders happened at a residence at 125 Hollow Oak Drive in Johnston County. That's near the Four Oaks community between Benson and Smithfield on Highway 301.

A relative found the body of 65-year-old Sue Ann Beasley in the house and her husband - 66-year-old L.C. Beasley - was found dead in a blue shed near the house.

Sheriff's deputies charged 48-year-old Barney Gamble with two counts of murder Friday evening.

They say he killed the couple and set their home on fire.

Investigators have not said how Gamble was connected to the couple, but they do say that he did in fact know the Beasleys.

According to police, he was officially charged with two counts of first degree murder, one count of first degree arson, one count of first degree kidnapping, and one count of larceny of motor vehicle. He is being held without bond.

Early on Friday, authorities released the 911 call made by the couple's nephew, who found his aunt's body tied up in a chair.

Deputies tell ABC 11 Eyewitness News that L.C. Beasley was shot, while Sue Ann Beasley was tied to a chair while the couple's house was set on fire.

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