Crime

Father accused in Oxford couple's killing extradited in NC; DA's office waits on son

Granville County Sheriff's Investigator R. Holding, left, Investigator C.L. Williams and Deputy Mark Harrison survey the damage to the burned the home of Jerome Faulkner, 73, and his wife Dora, 62, on Friday in Granville County. The Faulkner's bodies were discovered in their stolen SUV yesterday in West Virginia. The SUV was being driven by Eric Alexander Campbell.
Granville County Sheriff's Investigator R. Holding, left, Investigator C.L. Williams and Deputy Mark Harrison survey the damage to the burned the home of Jerome Faulkner, 73, and his wife Dora, 62, on Friday in Granville County. The Faulkner's bodies were discovered in their stolen SUV yesterday in West Virginia. The SUV was being driven by Eric Alexander Campbell. rwillett@newsobserver.com

The eldest of the father-son duo accused of robbing and killing an Oxford couple, burning down their house and taking their bodies to West Virginia in a truck was extradited Friday and brought to Central Prison in Raleigh.

Edward Campbell was transported to North Carolina on Friday, but his son, Eric Campbell, had not signed papers to be released, Granville County Sheriff Brindell B. Wilkins Jr. said.

"We have charges on the son, but the father has signed the appropriate papers to bring himself over," Wilkins said. "The son hasn't, but we expect him to."

A news release from Michael Waters, district attorney for Warren, Franklin, Vance and Granville counties, said prosecutors were still working to get Eric Campbell to North Carolina to face charges.

Slain pets

Those charges include first-degree murder, arson, identity theft, financial theft and animal cruelty, a charge that Wilkins said was related to two dead dogs found in the truck along with the slain couple. Wilkins confirmed Saturday that they were the couple's dogs.

Earlier this month, Eric Campbell, 21, was pulled over when West Virginia police found he was driving a stolen vehicle with North Carolina license plates. A truck pulled behind the police car, and a man got out and started shooting at the two officers, wounding both. Police say the shooter was Edward Campbell, 54, Eric Campbell's father.

The Campbells fled but were later arrested. Investigators then discovered the bodies of Jerome Faulkner, 73, and his wife, Dora Faulkner, 62, under a mattress in the truck's bed.

Wilkins said West Virginia police also found the couple's two dogs under the mattress.

The victims were well-known in the Oak Hill community right outside Oxford. They were described as a nice couple and churchgoers. Jerome Faulkner was a retired fire chief and Dora Faulkner was a registered nurse.

Authorities in West Virginia say the Campbells will face charges including malicious assault and attempted murder of the two officers.

Wilkins would not say how the couple were killed or how the men got in the house.

"I do think it was totally random, though," he said.

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