Brother, sister-in-law face judge in woman's death

Jean Hubbard

August 5, 2011 3:48:35 PM PDT
A missing woman's brother and sister-in-law faced a judge Friday, just a day after the woman's body was found in a wooded area.

The body of 66-year-old Jean Metzger Hubbard of 1017 Taylor St., Goldsboro was reported missing Monday. Police said her body was found near Highway 70 on Thursday.

The victim's brother, 54-year-old Gary Metzger, 54, and his wife 34-year-old Ann Metzger, both of 146 Country View Dr., are charged with murder. Goldsboro police say Hubbard and Gary Metzer were adopted into their family.

Hubbard worked for the Goldsboro News Argus newspaper and police said her co-workers were aware there were issues between her and her brother, but they didn't give details.

The Metzgers allegedly fled for several hours Thursday, and were located in a wooded area where they were arrested without incident.

Neighbors who knew Hubbard and the Metzgers are speaking out about what happened.

"She was just a nice person," said Jack Hudgins, who lived across the street from the Hubbard home. "She didn't bother anybody. She went about her business. I've been here on this corner since 1966."

And in that time, he got to know Hubbard and her family well.

The hose was left to Hubbard when her mother, Ruth, passed away. It's something Hudgins says her brother Gary and his wife Ann never forgot.

"He has been hounding her for money for six, eight, ten months," Hudgins recalled.

In fact, court documents show Hubbard filed for a no contact order a few months ago claiming Ann was trying to threaten her to get money.

The order was never granted because Hubbard withdrew the order, but weeks ago, she bought a new alarm system for her home.

Neighbors say Hubbard made friends with a lot of neighbors, but she didn't have a lot of family in the area. Instead, she lived in the home with her cats, one of which remains locked inside the home.

The accusations against the Metzgers are no surprise to a former neighbor, who has had run-ins with them.

"When her and her husband use to follow me and my kids to the bus stop in the morning, then her husband threatened that he was gonna kill my black behind," Angela Blue said.

Blue filed charges against Gary in 2009 for communicating threats.

News of Hubbard's murder barely fazed her.

"Really, I'm not surprised because they seem like, like that's something they would do," she said. "It really does."

But for those who knew and loved Hubbard, they are shocked.

"Everyone in the neighborhood is shocked," Hudgins said. "As far as I know, she didn't have an enemy in the world. Except, evidentally her brother and her sister-in-law.

The Metzgers are currently in the Wayne County Jail.

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