Suspect identified in Morganton triple murder

Investigators describe gruesome scene at Morganton homicide

MORGANTON, N.C. -- Investigators have identified their suspect in a triple murder in Morganton over the weekend.

A police officer doing a welfare check found the bodies around 1:15 a.m. at the home behind another house on West Concord Street.

Adrian Avery, who stopped by the home Sunday, identified two of the victims as her sister Barbara Johnson, 54, and Johnson's 21-year-old mentally-handicapped son, Freddie Thompson. Police later confirmed their identities.

Morganton Police identified the third victim as 75-year-old Zakiya el Bey. Avery said the third woman found dead was a longtime family friend who lived in Charlotte's Hidden Valley neighborhood.

All three victims suffered blunt force trauma, police say, but an official cause of death won't be released until the results of an autopsy, which is scheduled to be performed on Wednesday, are returned for each of the victims.

Donald Kincaid, 56, who police say was Johnson's boyfriend, has been identified as the suspect in the triple homicide. Police say Kincaid is in protective custody, and that they expect to serve a murder warrant on him soon.

The murders appear to be related to some sort of domestic dispute, according to investigators.

Avery had no idea something was wrong until she stopped by and saw police.

"As of now, we have no clue what happened," said Avery. "We're just told they were all found D.O.A. -- they were all dead on arrival."

Avery said she and Johnson share a birthday -- July 30 -- and Johnson had just gotten engaged on that day. She and her son had just moved into the house at 419 1/2 West Concord Street about a week ago.

Police haven't released the cause of death, or when they believe the three died.

A former neighbor described Johnson's son as a likable kid.

"He was a very respectable person," said Trey Ingram, who knew Thompson most of his life. "It's a shame someone would do something like that to a person."

Avery said Johnson didn't have ill will towards anyone, and Thompson was a happy young man.

"I don't understand it, my nephew was just a bright kid," said Avery. "He was just spreading love and joy everywhere he went."

She wishes she had called to check on her sister sooner.

"It's just devastating," she said. "We don't know what to think or why something like that would happen to either one of them."

Joseph Clark lives across the street from the murder scene and in the next door apartment unit rented by Barbara Johnson's sister. He said he remembers Johnson and her son, from their visits to her sister's place.

"It's so sad to see this." Clark said, "I hope they give him full justice."

When asked what full justice was to him, he replied, "Life in prison... no, they should kill him."


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