Man charged in Wilson Co. double murder

Verna Lee Farmer (Image courtesy Wilson County Sheriff's Office)

February 22, 2012 2:26:25 PM PST
Wilson County Sheriff Calvin Woodard Jr. said Wednesday his deputies have made an arrest in a grisly double murder on the outskirts of Wilson.

A man and a woman were found in a house in the 3200 block of Corbett Ave on Monday. They were identified as 43-year-old Charlene Jones Leake, of Wilson, and 61-year-old John Henry Little, who lived at the house.

Sheriff Woodard said 45-year-old Verna Lee Farmer - of Fleming St. NE in Wilson - is now charged with the deaths.

Woodard said Farmer was an acquaintance of Jones Leake's, but did not give more details.

ABC11 spoke to Jones Leake's mother Helen Jones who said Farmer and her daughter had briefly dated. She said Farmer became obsessed with Jones Leake and threatened to kill her if he found her with another man.

Helen Jones said investigators told her that her daughter and Little were shot execution style in the head. She said the victims were just friends.

Sheriff Woodward said at a news conference Wednesday that Farmer has confessed to the shootings.

Jones Leake was the mother of seven children.

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