LUMBERTON, NC (WMBF) Police say a Fairmont man has admitted to killing his landlord during an argument over lease money and leaving his corpse in a garage for a week.
Capt. Johnny Barnes with the Lumberton Police Department said he was contacted by the Robeson County Sheriff's Office Monday about a man with information into a missing person's case. According to the sheriff's office, Hilton Oxendine, 61, told deputies the body of Clarence Stephen Maynor, 63, was at a garage along 5th Street in Lumberton.
Maynor had been reported missing on Feb. 23 by an employee.
Oxendine allegedly told deputies Maynor was dead and had been so since Feb. 20. That was when the sheriff's office called Barnes.
Barnes said officers in Lumberton interviewed Oxendine about the incident. Oxendine allegedly told them Maynor leased him the garage and the pair had gotten into an argument over the lease money due and other business dealings.
"He seemed to be remorseful at the time, he broke downa few times as he was trying to tell the story," said Captain Johnny Barnes,"He said the argument escalated to a heated argument and turned violent. Oxendine then grabbed a handgun he had in his desk and shot Maynor several times."
Oxendine also allegedly told police he then closed up the business, left and did not return back to the building.
A week later, he told police he decided to turn himself in.
People living nearby say they were shocked when they found out what happened.
"It's just unreal, it's like a nightmare... Something had to push his buttons, something mighty bad went wrong, I can never imagine him doing something wrong like that, he was such an easy-going person," said Selena Lowry of Lumberton.
Detectives in Lumberton went to the garage and found Maynor's body in the office area. Barnes said it was clear he had been dead for several days. Also found in the office was a handgun and Barnes said Maynor had wounds to his upper body consistent with gunshots.
"I can't believe how many times I have been by here and there was a body in there dead and that's just another thing I can't understand, what was Hilton doing all this time," said Lowry.
Oxendine was then place under arrest and charged with first degree murder. He remains incarcerated at the Robeson County Jail with no bond, Barnes said.