Crime & Courts

Man gets 120 years for Morganton triple murder

Donald Eric Kincaid
Donald Eric Kincaid Burke County District Attorney’s Office

A Morganton man was sentenced to at least 120 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty in the 2014 bludgeoning deaths of his girlfriend, her mentally disabled son and a 75-year-old friend.

Donald Eric Kincaid, 57, pleaded guilty in Burke County Superior Court to killing Barbara Ann Johnson, 54, her son, Freddie Charles Thompson Jr., 21, and friend Zakiya Talibah-El Bey, 75.

Kincaid killed the three on Aug. 8, 2014, in Johnson’s home in the 400 block of West Concord Street in Morganton.

A family friend, Kaylon Johnson, told the Observer at the time that there had been hints of trouble at Barbara Johnson’s home. She said Barbara Johnson and Kincaid had been quarreling and had broken up a few times in recent months.

After the killings, Kincaid eventually called 911 because he needed medical assistance, prosecutors said.

When EMS crews arrived, they found him covered in blood outside the home. Police found two of the victims in the living room and another in a bedroom, prosecutors said.

Kincaid was convicted in Indiana of arson and battery in March 2006 for a December 2005 incident in which he assaulted his ex-girlfriend with a baseball bat and set her bedroom on fire, prosecutors said.

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