SMITHFIELD — A Smithfield man told a detective that he killed a man who he claimed got him hooked on crack cocaine, according to a Johnston County sheriffs spokeswoman.
The man then turned the gun on himself and later died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities reported.
Tammy Amaon, the sheriffs spokeswoman, said that according to a search warrant made public Tuesday at the Johnston County Clerk of Courts Office, Craig Baker claimed he shot Lucas Lorenzo Benton, 32, of Four Oaks, because he got him addicted to crack.
He told that to a detective before he was transported to the hospital, Amaon said Tuesday.
Someone called 911 on Friday afternoon to report a murder-suicide at Bakers home at 120 Hillcrest Road, just outside of Smithfield, Amaon said.
When sheriffs deputies arrived, they found Benton dead in the yard behind a parked car. Investigators found Baker lying atop a utility trailer in the yard.
Emergency workers transported him to Johnston Memorial Hospital in Smithfield, where he later died.