Second man charged in 88-year-old Stateville man's murder

Second man charged in 88-year-old Stateville man's murder

Credit: Iredell County Sheriff's Office

Lindsay Stikeleather

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / WCNC.com

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Posted on April 9, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 10:01 PM

STATESVILLE, N.C. --  A second person is facing charges in connection with the 88-year-old man who went missing, then his body discovered overnight in a wooded area in Statesville.

In late March, the body of Lindsey Stikeleather was found in a remote wooded area in Iredell County, just two miles from where Stikeleather's abandoned Jeep Comache pickup truck was found.

Bobbie Joe Jackson, 45, was arrested the next day and charged with kidnapping, robbery and murder.

Through further investigation, detectives determined a large amount of cash was stolen from Stikeleather during the course of his kidnapping and subsequent murder.

Officials say Preston Kirk Long was found to be in possession of part of the stolen currency, and is now charged with accessory after the fact to murder and felony obstruction of justice.

Long was arrested Monday and booked in to the Iredell County Detention Center under an $80,000 bond.

Authorities believe Jackson's actions were premeditated. A motive beyond robbery has yet to be explained since family members said Stikeleather has shown the suspect kindness and generosity.

Authorities said Stikeleather left his home on a Monday afternoon after getting a call from Jackson.  He asked for help repairing his broken scooter.  They agreed to meet at a bank on West Front Street.  Surveillance video shows Stikeleather withdrew money alone.

Officials said Jackson was nearby and that the two had been in communication prior to their meeting.  Jackson led Stikeleather to believe he had wanted to settle some of his debts and repay part of a year's worth of back-rent.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 704-878-3100.

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