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It wasn’t fire that killed a man found in burned home. Now a teen’s accused of murder.

Lennon Riley Henderson, 16, is charged with the murder of a man who was found dead in his burned home in Newton on Saturday.
Lennon Riley Henderson, 16, is charged with the murder of a man who was found dead in his burned home in Newton on Saturday. Catawba County Sheriff’s Office

A 16-year-old was arrested Wednesday for the death of a man who was found in his burned home Saturday.

Authorities believe Lennon Riley Henderson of Newton shot 40-year-old Harry Lewis Bruner Jr. and then set his home on fire as a coverup.

Bruner was found in the burned home on U.S. 321 in Newton around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, authorities said. The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office upgraded the case to a homicide investigation Monday when it was determined Bruner had died from a gunshot wound, and not the fire.

The sheriff’s office said Henderson was attempting to rob Bruner. Henderson was charged with murder and had a court appearance Wednesday.

Additional details about the case were not made available.

LaVendrick Smith; 704-358-5101; @LaVendrickS

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