Detectives solve 1974 murder case

Anthony King

October 15, 2010 12:50:41 PM PDT
The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office announced Friday that it has solved a 1974 cold case involving the murder of a Sanford man.

On July 8, 1974, the body of 21-year-old Anthony King was found on Bremer Street in the Bonnie Doone neighborhood. He had been shot in the chest.

Although investigators conducted numerous interviews, they were unable to identify a suspect or determine a motive for the killing.

Recently, investigators say a friend of King's contacted them and offered new information about the case that led detectives to a suspect.

Detectives say 47-year-old Waylon Perry Sauls of Sanford, went to Fayetteville in 1974 in search of King. They say Sauls shot King and left his body on the side of the road.

King and Sauls' son had gotten into an argument over a $300 drug debt, which is why the 47-year-old father killed King.

Sauls died in 1997. Had he lived, detectives would have probable cause to present the case to a grand jury for an indictment of first-degree murder.

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