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Suspects killed elderly woman in burglary, set fire to house to hide crime: Reports

Three people have been charged with first degree murder and arson in the death of a 76-year-old Lumberton, North Carolina, woman whose body was found inside her home after firefighters responded to a house fire there, the Lumberton Police Department announced Saturday, according to WPDE reporter Tonya Brown.

Annette Hendren Ivey, a widow, lived with three other people at the home, the Robesonian reported, although it wasn’t clear if they were at home when the incident took place.

Kevin Hammonds, 25, and Maribel Christina Cain, 24, were charged with first-degree murder; first-degree burglary; felony conspiracy; armed robbery; first-degree arson; larceny of a motor vehicle; possession of stolen property; financial card theft; obtaining property by false pretense; and identity theft. The third suspect, Lorie Lynn Sampson, 38,  was charged with first-degree murder; first-degree burglary; felony conspiracy; armed robbery; first-degree arson; and larceny of a motor vehicle.

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All three were arrested late Friday night are expected to appear in court on Monday.

Lumberton Fire Chief Paul Ivey said the fire department arrived at the house shortly before 10 p.m. on Tuesday and quickly extinguished the small fire inside, according to the Robesonian. A relative who lived nearby and a neighbor told police they thought they heard gunshots, but police have not released the cause of Ivey’s death.

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[Featured image: Maribel Cain, Kevin Hammonds, Lorie Sampson/Robeson County Detention Center]