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Police: Suspect in double murder acted alone

Wilbert Fair, 43, of Lincolnton charged Thursday

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

A 43-year-old Lincolnton man is facing two counts of first degree murder in the slaying of a couple in their home on July 26, with police saying they believe Wilbert Lester Fair, 43, of 1452 Cloverleaf Lane, acted alone.
Fair is scheduled to make his first appearance in a Lincoln County courtroom Friday morning. His arrest came Thursday afternoon at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, according to Lincolnton Police Lt. Brian Greene.
Police declined to say what they think the suspect’s motive was or whether he knew the victims.
While the investigation is continuing, officers do not think anyone else is involved, Chief Rodney Jordan said.
Fair is accused of killing Michael Paul Vincent, 58, and Bonnie Carpenter Vincent, 54, both of 1622 Broome Street.
Police have been tight-lipped about the crime scene and not released the cause of death for either victim.
A witness told the Times-News that he found the bodies around 11 a.m. July 26.  Police confirmed for the first time on Thursday that a neighbor found the victims and called 911.
Although detectives continue to be tightlipped about the victims’ cause of death, citing a need to safeguard the integrity of the ongoing investigation,  the same witness previously told the Times-News that he spotted blood on Mike’s back and a serious injury to Bonnie’s face when he entered their residence.
While the cluttered home showed no sign of forced entry, police said, they had trouble determining whether a struggle took place.
State Bureau of Investigation agents have been assisting police in the case. Due to ventilation problems, they wore air packs as they entered the residence last week.
According to the North Carolina Department of Correction website, Fair has a lengthy criminal history spanning multiple counties and dating back to 1989.
He was most recently convicted of larceny in 2010 in Lincoln County. He additionally has nearly a dozen felonies on his record for crimes committed in Iredell, Lincoln, Henderson and Mecklenburg counties.
Offenses include breaking and entering, larceny, receiving stolen goods, receiving stolen vehicles and multiple drug-related infractions, NC DOC showed.
Fair is being held without bond inside the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center in Lincolnton.

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