Three people have been charged with first-degree manslaughter and arson in the death of a 76-year-old Lumberton, North Carolina, a lady whose body was found inside her home after firefighters returned to a house fire there, the Lumberton Police Department declared Saturday, according to WPDE reporter Tonya Brown.
Annette Hendren Ivey, a widow, existed with three other people at home, the Robesonian reported, although it wasn’t obvious if they were at home when the occurrence took place.
Kevin Hammonds, 25, and Maribel Christina Cain, 24, were charged with first-degree manslaughter; first-degree robbery; felony conspiracy; armed robbery; first-degree arson; burglary of a motor vehicle; ownership of the stolen property; financial card theft; taking property by pretense; and identity theft. The third suspect, Lorie Lynn Sampson, 38, was charged with first-degree manslaughter; first-degree robbery; felony conspiracy; armed robbery; first-degree arson; and theft of a motor vehicle.
All three were held late Friday night are awaited to appear in court on Monday.
Lumberton Fire Chief Paul Ivey told the fire department arrived at the house soon before 10 p.m. on Tuesday and quickly extinguished the small fire inside, according to The Robesonian. A relative who existed nearby and a neighbor told police they thought they heard gunshots, but cops have not issued the cause of Ivey’s death.