Crime & Courts

Boyfriend charged in Morganton triple homicide

A nearly monthlong investigation into a triple homicide in Morganton has resulted in a murder charge against the boyfriend of a victim, police say.

Donald Eric Kincaid, 56, was arrested Wednesday night on a murder charge, according to Morganton police.

Kincaid was identified as the boyfriend of Barbara Ann Johnson, 54, one of the victims. She and the other victims – her son, 21-year-old Freddie Charles Thompson Jr., and a friend, 75-year-old Zakiya El Day – were found inside Johnson’s home in the 400 block of West Concord Street.

Morganton police were called to the home on the morning of Aug. 10, after being asked to check on the welfare of the residents. Police later said the three victims died of blunt force trauma.

Investigators said the deaths were a domestic case and Kincaid had been questioned.

Johnson had moved into the house with her son a few weeks before their deaths. Johnson’s sister, Adrian Avery, said she had become engaged to Kincaid on July 30, Johnson’s birthday.

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

A family friend, Kaylon Johnson, said 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. Staff writer Cleve R. Wootson contributed.