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Autopsy: Blunt force to head killed victim


Release of documents makes some details in July 27 crime public for first time


Staff Writer

At least one of the two victims in a July 27 double-homicide died from “blunt force trauma to the head” according to the North Carolina Chief Medical Examiner’s office in Chapel Hill.

While the autopsy report reveals the finding in the death of Bonnie Sue Vincent, 53, of Broome Street, no information has yet been released regarding the death of her husband, Mike Vincent. The two were found dead inside their residence several days after they had last been seen alive.

The Times-News obtained the documents on Bonnie Vincent’s death late last week in response to an earlier public records request. A similar request is outstanding for findings in the death of Mike Vincent.

William Lester Fair, 43, of Cloverleaf Lane in Lincolnton, has been charged in the double murder and remains in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center without bond.

Police have been tight-lipped about regarding the incident and not previously revealed details in the case, citing a desire to prevent pre-trial publicity.

According to the newly released public records, Bonnie Vincent was found face-up on her living room floor.

Upon police arrival at the scene, the bodies had already succumbed to partial decomposition, forcing officers and agents with the State Bureau of Investigation to enter the crime scene with ventilated air packs.

According to the documents, a toxicology exam also completed on July 27 showed the only chemical traces in Bonnie’s bloodstream were prescription drugs.

Additional diagnoses listed on the autopsy report showed Bonnie suffered at least 10 lacerations to the scalp, some of which the report labeled as “slit-like” and “vaguely resembling stab wounds.”

The victim also suffered contusions to her back and two rib fractures in the incident. She also received a laceration on her forearm while defending herself, the report said.


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