NC offering reward in Hertford County murders

HERTFORD COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Governor Roy Cooper said Thursday that the State of North Carolina is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murders of 34-year-old Michael Lassiter and his 58-year-old father, James Beale.

On September 1, 2016, at approximately 2:12 a.m., the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a residence located on Pinetops Circle in Murfreesboro.

The caller advised first that someone could be breaking into her home, then later reported hearing gunshots from the residence next door.

The deputies went to the residence next door and discovered the front door open.

Lassiter and Beale were found deceased in the home.

If you have information concerning this case, contact the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office at 252-358-7800, Crimestoppers at 252-358-7841 or the State Bureau of Investigation at 919-662-4500.


Two bodies have been found with gun shot wounds early Thursday morning in Hertford County and now the hunt is on for who is responsible, according to the sheriff.

Deputies say the got a call at 2:11 a.m. for a home at 186 Pinetop Circle in Murfreesboro in the Woodbridge Mobile Home Park.

Sheriff Juan Vaughan says when they arrived, they found the bodies of James Beale, 59 and his son, Michael Scott Lassiter, 34.

He says they both died from gunshot wounds, but they are not sure how many times the men were shot.

Deputies are still working the case, but say they do not believe it to be a murder-suicide. They are not releasing any suspect information at this time.

Stay with WITN as the investigation continues.