2 charged in murder of missing Caldwell Co. man

2 charged in murder of missing Caldwell Co. man

(L--R) Jacob Dean Coley & David Matthew Higgins

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / WCNC.com

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WCNC.com

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 21 at 6:24 AM

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. --  Two man have been arrested in connection with the murder of a man who went missing in Caldwell County.

The Burke County Sheriff's Office says 32-year-old David Matthew Higgins confessed to murdering 31-year-old Damond Lamont Kincaid, who was reported missing to the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office last Wednesday.

The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office began following through on tips, leading them to a body shop in Burke County.

Investigators received information from a witness stating Kincaid was last seen with Higgins in a gray Hummer H2. Detectives received consent to search the Hummer, which belongs to Higgins' uncle, authorities say, and located what appeared to be blood in the front passenger seat and at least two small firearm casings in the back seat.

At first, when investigators questioned Higgins, who had been voluntarily admitted to the hospital, he denied any involvement in Kincaid's disappearance.

At this point, detectives a lead into a second suspect, 17-year-old Jacob Dean Coley, who lives next door to Higgins and his uncle.

Coley told authorities that early in the morning of August 11, Higgins came to his home and stated he'd killed Kincaid and dumped his body. Coley continued that he didn't know the location of Kincaid's body.

Detectives interviewed Higgins again upon his release from Grace Hospital, and officials say he admitted to killing Kincaid and dumping his body off of Highway 155 in Burke County. Higgins led authorities to the site about 20 yards off of the highway.

Higgins is charged with felony first degree murder; he's held without bond at the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility.

Coley is charged with felony accessory after the fact in first degree murder. His bond was set at $100,000.

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