LUMBERTON, NC (WMBF) – Police are investigating after a man was found unresponsive in the front yard of a home on Peach Tree Drive Wednesday evening; the man was later pronounced dead at Southeastern Regional Medical Center, according to a release from the Lumberton Police Department.
The victim has been identified as 48-year-old James Bethea, whose cause of death will be determined once an autopsy is completed.
James Matthew McDougald, 37, of Lumberton, is charged with first degree murder, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. McDougald is being held without bond on the murder charge, and $100,000 bond on the remaining two charges. He is currently being held at the Robeson County Detention Center.
Anyone with information concerning this case should contact Detectives Jennifer White or Evan Whitley with the Lumberton Police Department at 910-671-3845.