Update On Hearings For Murder Suspects

Suspects in two murder cases in Pitt County were in court Tuesday.

28-year-old Sandy Etheridge is accused of shaking her ten-week-old son so violently that he suffered fatal brain injuries.

Etheridge had her case continued.

Meanwhile, a former police officer accused of killing his fiance was also in court. Arthur Ridenour is accused of killing Teresa Foster. Foster's body was found burned and she had been shot outside the couple's home on Sweet Gum Church Road in Stokes in August.

Ridenour's attoney asked the judge to put his client on house arrest or release him on a secured bond while he awaits trial. The judge denied the request. His bond remains at a half a million dollars. His trial is set to begin may 23rd.

Deputies say Ridenour told them his girlfriend had set herself on fire and then shot herself. After an investigation and a ruling from the Medical Examiner's Office, Ridenour was indicted on a charge of murder.

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