Man charged with murder of teen found covered in blood with house on fire

Man charged with murder of teen found covered in blood with house on fire

LUMBERTON, NC (WMBF) - The Robeson County Sheriff's Office has arrested and charged a man with the murder of an 18-year-old Lumberton woman who was found Wednesday morning beating on the door of a sheriff's office lieutenant, covered in blood and cuts, saying that her house was on fire.

The woman, who later died at a nearby hospital, has been identified as 18-year-old Marcy Blanks, of Buckshot Road in Lumberton.

The suspect arrested is 22-year-old Edward Autry Wright, of Barker Church Road, also in Lumberton. He was arrested at about 2 p.m. Thursday and is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and first-degree arson. He is being held without bond on these charges.

During the course of the investigation, Wright attacked an investigator by biting him while another investigator was trying to fingerprint him, according to a news release from the RCSO. Wright is charged with assault on a law enforcement officer for this incident, and the bond on that charge was set at $75,000.

Deputies responded to an off-duty lieutenant's home in Buck Trail Wednesday at about 4:21 a.m. after he said a young woman was beating on his front door and covered in blood with lacerations to her body.

The woman told the lieutenant that her house was on fire, and the residence was found to be on fire, according to Major Anthony Thompson.

The woman was transported by EMS to Southeastern Health Center, and later died. The cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner's Office in Raleigh.

Maj. Thompson said the investigation is continuing.

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