A 47-year-old Wadesboro man has been charged in connection with a double homicide in southern Anson County, the sheriff’s office said Monday.
James Thomas Smith is jailed without bond, charged with two counts of murder, authorities say. The sheriff’s office says there was a history of domestic problems between Smith and one of the victims.
The victims have been identified as Daisy Coleman Melton, 49, and Larry Thomas Lindsey, 58, each of Morven.
“This was an apparent domestic situation,” Sheriff Tommy Allen said Monday morning. Smith is Melton’s ex-boyfriend, authorities said.
Allen said deputies were called about 11:30 p.m. Sunday to a residence on Gin Lane in Morven, west of U.S. 52 and about 10 miles south of Wadesboro, about an hour southeast of Charlotte. Authorities found Melton outside the home, stabbed to death. Inside the residence, deputies found the body of Lindsey, an apparent gunshot victim.
Deputies had been called several times to the residence in response to domestic problems between Melton and Smith, according to the sheriff’s office. In fact, they say they removed Smith from the residence in July.
State prison records show Smith was convicted of second-degree murder in August 1992. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison but released after serving five years. The sheriff’s office says the victim in that case was Smith’s wife at the time.
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