One of two men accused of killing a Granville County couple earlier this year has killed himself in Raleigh’s Central Prison.
Edward Watson Campbell attempted to hang himself in his prison cell and was found unresponsive at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, according to the state Department of Public Safety.
Prison medical staff treated Campbell before he was taken to a hospital by EMS. At 6:30 p.m., prison officials were told that Campbell had died.
Prison spokesman Keith Acree said he did not know if Campbell had been on a suicide watch or what he used to try to hang himself.
Campbell and his son, Eric Alexander Campbell, were both charged with two counts of first-degree murder, robbery and several other charges in connection with the deaths of Jerome and Dora Faulkner in early January.
The Faulkners were reported missing when their home north of Oxford burned. Authorities said they found the couple’s bodies in a pickup truck driven by Edward Campbell in Lewisburg, W.Va. Police had pulled over Campbell’s son, who was driving an SUV with North Carolina plates that indicated it had been stolen, and authorities say the elder Campbell stopped and fired at the officers, wounding both of them.