NC trio appear in court after woman found dead in burned home

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LUMBERTON, NC (WBTW) – The three people charged after a woman was found dead in a burned home in Lumberton appeared in court on Monday.

Kevin Hammonds, 25, Maribel Christina Cain, 24, and Lorie Lynn Sampson, 38, all of Lumberton, had first appearances in a Lumberton courtroom Monday morning.

WBTW had a crew in the courtroom.

Kevin Hammonds, 25, Maribel Christina Cain, 24, and Lorie Lynn Sampson, 38, all of Lumberton, made first appearances in a Lumberton courtroom on Monday, January 27, 2020. (photo: WBTW)

Lumberton police made the arrests Friday evening with the help of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, according to Johnson.

All three are facing first-degree murder, arson and burglary charges, among several others, according to a press release.

Lumberton officers and firefighters responded to a fire alarm on the 1200 block of Godwin Avenue around 9:43 Tuesday night. When the fire was put out, Annette Hendren Ivey, 76, was found inside the home dead, authorities said.

Lumberton police said that “evidence at the scene led investigators to believe foul play was involved.”

The three charged in this case are being held at the Robeson County Detention Center under ‘no bond’ for the murder charges and an additional $1 million for the remaining charges.

Cain’s charges include:

  • first-degree murder
  • first-degree burglary
  • felony conspiracy
  • robbery with a dangerous weapon
  • first-degree arson
  • larceny of motor vehicle
  • possession stolen property
  • financial card theft
  • obtaining property by false pretense
  • identity theft

A judge denied bond for Cain on the murder charge and set bond at $1 million for the other charges. Cain’s next court appearance is set for February 10.

Maribel Christina Cain (left), Kevin Hammonds, (middle), and Lorie Lynn Sampson (right). Courtesy: Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.

Sampson’s charges include:

  • first-degree murder
  • first-degree burglary
  • felony conspiracy
  • robbery with a dangerous weapon
  • first-degree arson
  • larceny of motor vehicle

Bond for Sampson was denied on the murder charge and set at $1 million secured for the other charges. Sampson is set to appear in court again on Feb. 10.

Charges for Hammonds include:

  • first-degree murder
  • first-degree burglary
  • felony conspiracy
  • robbery with a dangerous weapon
  • first-degree arson
  • larceny of motor vehicle
  • possession stolen property
  • financial card theft
  • obtaining property by false pretense
  • identity theft

A judge denied bond for Hammonds on the murder charge and set a $1 million secured bond for the other charges. Hammonds’ next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 7.

The three were arrested and charged on Friday in connection with the homicide of Annette Hendren Ivey, 76. Ivey’s body was found inside a burned home in the 1200 block of Godwin Avenue in Lumberton on January 21.

“Evidence at the scene leads investigators to believe that foul play is suspected,” Lumberton police said.

The NC State Bureau of Investigation has been called and is helping with an investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lumberton police at 910-671-3845.

Count on News13 for updates.

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