Abby Cavenaugh Editor
September 23, 2013
A double homicide occurred Sunday night in Morven, Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen reported Monday morning.
Deputies were called to a residence at 106 Gin Lane in Morven shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday night. According to the Anson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies found the body of Daisy Coleman Melton, 49, outside the residence. She had been stabbed several times. Inside the home, deputies found the second victim, Larry Thomas Lindsey, 58, in a bedroom. Sheriff Allen said it appeared he had been shot at least once.
James Thomas Smith, 47, of Wadesboro was arrested at the scene, and was an ex-boyfriend of Melton’s. Smith has been charged with two counts of first degree murder. He is in the Anson County Jail under no bond.
Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen said that this appears to be a domestic crime. “According to information we have received,” he said, “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 records show deputies had answered several domestic calls at this residence involving Smith and Melton in the past.
Also, according to court records, Smith was sentenced to 15 years in 1992 for second degree murder in the death his wife in Wadesboro. He was released from the Department of Corrections in 1997, after serving only five and a half years.
“Back then, a 15-year term would’ve been for time served,” Sheriff Allen explained. “So he would have been given credit for time served while awaiting trial.”