Suspect in NC triple murder turns himself in

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CLARKTON, N.C. (AP) — Officials said a wanted man has surrendered in connection with a triple slaying at a mobile home park over the weekend.

Bladen County Sheriff’s officials told news outlets on Monday that Taurean Johnson had turned himself in Sunday night.

Sheriff’s officials say someone called 911 after 1:30 a.m. on Sunday morning saying a man had entered a mobile home in Clarkton and shot several people before leaving the scene.

Warrants were issued for Johnson on three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.

Authorities haven’t provided a motive or said how the suspect knew the victims.


CLARKTON, N.C. (WNCN) – Authorities are looking for the man they say is accused of killing three people inside a Bladen County home early Sunday morning.

Deputies were dispatched to 71 Tina Lane in Clarkton around 1:30 a.m. It was reported that a man identified as 36-year-old Taurean Reshaul Johnson entered the home, shot several people then left.

Authorities say four people were inside the home at the time of the shooting. Three people died at the scene and the fourth person survived.

The deceased victims have been identified as Latrice Lacole Murchison, 30, Ronnie Lebert Kelly, 27 and Guy Lennon Barden Jr., 60. A 69-year-old woman survived.

Authorities believe all the victims lived at the home.

Johnson, who is from Clarkton, is facing charges of murder and attempted murder.

The homicide remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at 910-862-6960.

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