Deputies: Man buried body in field

David Eugene Gates (Image courtesy Harnett County Sheriff's Office)

July 20, 2010 2:07:10 PM PDT
Harnett County Sheriff Larry Rollins said Tuesday a Lillington man is charged with first-degree murder after deputies uncovered a body buried in a field.

Rollins said the investigation began on July 16 when deputies got a call about a suspicious person in the area of Black Lane who told people in the area that a friend had been shot on Tim Currin Road.

At the time, deputies were unable to find any evidence of a shooting, but Rollins said detectives worked the case over several days and arrested 42-year-old David Eugene Gates of 291 J.M. Wallace Drive, Lillington after they say he admitted to shooting a person and burying the body.

The body was sent to the North Carolina Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill for an autopsy and positive identification.

Gates was being held at the Harnett County Detention Center with no bond.

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