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Police: Murder suspect acted alone, knew his victims

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

Police investigators are denying rumors that they have additional suspects in the slaying of a Broome Street couple at their residence last month.
“We believe he acted alone,” Lt. Brian Greene, head of Lincolnton Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, said of 43-year-old Wilbert Lester Fair, whom officers charged with two counts of first-degree murder late last week in the deaths of Mike and Bonnie Vincent.
Police also reaffirmed that they don’t plan to release additional information about the Fair’s possible motive and the cause of death for the two victims, though Greene said such details may have to be revealed in court if there is a trial, Lt. Greene said.
He did disclose for the first time Monday that police believe the suspect and the victims were acquainted, though how exactly remained unclear.
A former neighbor told police he found the husband and wife, both in their 50s, dead inside their residence the morning of July 26. Police have previously indicated that they believe the couple could have been killed several days earlier.
The same witness who said he found the couple has described seeing injuries to their bodies that would indicate they died violently, but police have not confirmed this.
Fair, who has a lengthy list of felony convictions according to the N.C. Department of Correction website, is being held without bond in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center and is set to appear in court again on Aug. 22.
Police have already sent evidence on two separate occasions to the State Crime Lab in Raleigh and expect to send more case items in the near future, Greene said.

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