Sheriff: Man, woman murdered in Anson County

James Thomas Smith


by BORA KIM / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on September 23, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 24 at 4:51 AM

ANSON COUNTY, N.C. -- A man is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and another man in Anson County late Sunday night.

The Anson County Sheriff's Office said the murders happened around 11:30 p.m. at a home on Gin Lane.

James Thomas Smith is accused of killing 49-year-old Daisy Coleman Melton and 58-year-old Larry Thomas Lindsey, according to the sheriff's office.

Deptuies said Smith stabbed Melton several times and shot Lindsey one time during a dispute.

Smith has been charged with two counts of first degree murder. 

Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen said the two murders appeared to be a domestic dispute.

“According to information we have received, the suspect Smith was a former boyfriend, who was actually removed from the residence by Sheriff’s Deputies back in August. The male victim appears to have been shot while in bed.  The female was found just outside the residence.  We have recovered a handgun and knife we believed used in this crime.  Suspect Smith was at the residence when deputies arrived and was taken into custody without incident," Allen said.

Sheriff’s records show deputies had answered several domestic calls at this residence involving Smith and Melton in the past. 

According to court records, Smith was given a 15 year sentence in 1992 for second degree murder in the death his wife in Wadesboro.  He was released from the North Carolina Department of Corrections in 1997.

He is being held in the Anson County Jail under no bond.

"She just wanted him gone,” said Shay Melton, the victim’s eldest daughter.

They had feared for their mother’s safety, and was glad that she had ended the relationship for good.

“My momma, she started living again, she was happy at peace,” she said.

"I have a four year old son and he is taking it worse than I am,” said daughter Sharda Melton.

“They loved her like she was their momma. What am I suppose to tell him when he asks?”

"My momma was a loving women, she helped anybody, she was just a person you would love to be around. He don't understand, he took something we would never be able to get back, and  we got to live with this for the rest of our life.”

Larry Lindsey’s son told NBC Charlotte, his father was released in March after spending 17 years in prison.

Last Friday, he had successfully completed his probation and home confinement, and was eager
to get his life in order.

The couple had met at the church, he was seen regularly attending since his release.

“He told me he was getting his life together, and he was going to church and I've seen him at church, and he seemed to be a changed person,” said Velma Pratt.

"She's just a good person, she didn't deserve to go like this. It's something I never expected to happened, not to her,” said Pratt.

Pratt believes Dixon was trying to call 911 and ran outside the house to get help from her sister, who lives next door.

“I guess she felt like this time she was really in danger, and she was trying to get some help . Unfortunately she couldn't make it this time. She was just lovable person. I don't understand why would he want to take her life like that, point blank, nobody,” she said.

Many had been aware of Smith’s criminal past.

“I just told her to be careful, because once somebody does something, you never know how their mind goes whatever…you know ,” said Pratt.,

Family friend Felicia Burch says her friend wouldn’t “hurt a fly,” and volunteered for the local fire department.

“He should have still been locked up from the first incident. That’s how I feel about it. He was crazy.”