One of two men charged with murder pleaded guilty Monday in the death of a Warren County pastor’s wife and a Vance County man.
Kevin Burton Munn, who appeared in court Monday afternoon, was involved in the death of Nancy Alford, 76, on March 9, deputies say.
Munn will avoid the death penalty as part of his plea. He also pleaded guilty in the death of James Thomas “Tommy” Ellington, 61, in October 2017.
Munn will also cooperate in the prosecution of Lester Kearney, who is also charged in the Alford case, officials said.
Munn’s sentencing will take place at a later date, which has yet to be determined. Members of both families are expected to take the witness stand.
The home of John and Nancy Alford was also burned that day.
The married couple arrived at their Lake Gaston home the day of the incident and found two burglars inside.
Investigators said the pair forced Nancy to drive to a nearby bank and withdraw $1,000 from an ATM.
The pair then tied up the couple inside the house and set it on fire before driving away in the couple’s Mercedes.
John Alford, 82, served as pastor of Sanford Memorial Baptist Church in Brodnax, Virginia for more than a decade. His wife taught Sunday School at the church.
Warren County Sheriff Johnny Williams said the couple was “targeted for robbery.”
John Alford was able to escape his restraints but he could not get his wife free before the flames became too unbearable.
He suffered severe burns, and Williams said he had to personally subdue Alford and prevent him from going back into the house.
Munn also pleaded guilty Monday in the October death of a Vance County man at the victim’s home.
A Vance County grand jury had indicted Munn on multiple charges connected to the shooting death of 61-year-old James Thomas “Tommy” Ellington.
Ellington’s wife found him shot to death outside their Henderson home on October 2. Prosecutors charged Munn with first-degree murder, breaking and/or entering, felony larceny, and robbery with a dangerous weapon.