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Victim’s boyfriend held in Morganton triple homicide

By Emma Baccellieri and Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
ebaccellieri@charlotteobserver.com cwootson@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    On Monday morning, Morganton detectives and the SBI investigate the scene of a triple murder that took place in Morganton over the weekend.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    On Monday morning, Morganton detectives and the SBI investigate the scene of a triple murder that took place in Morganton over the weekend.
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    Morganton police said Monday they have issued arrest warrants for a Donald Eric Kincaid, 56, who is accused of killing his girlfriend and two other people over the weekend.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    On Monday morning, Morganton detectives and the SBI investigate the scene of a triple murder that took place in Morganton over the weekend. The three victims, Barbara Ann Johnson, 54; her son, Freddie Charles Thompson, 21; and family friend Zakiya El Bey, 75, appear to have died as a result of blunt force trauma. Barbara Johnson’s boyfriend, Donald Eric Kincaid, is being held in the case.

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Police in Morganton said Monday they have issued arrest warrants for a man accused of killing his girlfriend and two other people over the weekend.

Police said the suspect, identified as 56-year-old Donald Eric Kincaid, is in custody. His bond information wasn’t available Monday. Investigators said during a news conference that they expect to serve the murder warrants against Kincaid within the next few days.

Among the three victims was Barbara Ann Johnson, 54, who police said was Kincaid’s girlfriend. The other victims were identified as Johnson’s son, Freddie Charles Thompson Jr., 21, and family friend Zakiya El Day, 75.

“All of the victims appeared to have died from blunt force trauma, but an official autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday,” Morganton police Chief Ronnie Rector said.

“These deaths appear to have been the result of a domestic dispute and were not the act of random violence,” Rector added.

He declined to answer additional questions, saying the case remains under investigation. Rector said the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation is helping Morganton police in the probe.

Two SBI vehicles were parked outside the house Monday. Crime scene tape remained around the home.

Morganton police said they were called to Johnson’s home, at 419 1/2 West Concord St., about 1:15 a.m. Sunday to check on the residents. The victims were found inside.

Barbara Johnson had moved into the home recently with her son. She had just become engaged to Kincaid on her birthday, July 30, said her sister, Adrian Avery.

Thompson was a mentally disabled adult who was a regular at Dream Connections, a mental health organization in nearby Valdese.

“Freddie was such a good guy,” said Kaylon Johnson, who worked at Dream Connections and came out to the home on Concord Street after hearing about his death.

Kaylon Johnson said there had been hints of trouble at Barbara Johnson’s home. The family moved out of a small apartment complex on West Concord Street to a converted garage across the street that needed extensive repairs to be habitable. The squat, brown garage with wood siding was located behind a house and down a driveway.

Kaylon Johnson, who has known the family for years, said Barbara Johnson and her boyfriend had been quarreling lately and had broken up a few times in recent months. Thompson stopped showing up at Dream Connections, where staff members were trying to get him placed with another family, Johnson said.

“Freddie hadn’t come in like two weeks,” Johnson said. “We knew something was wrong.” Staff writer Steve Lyttle contributed.

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