Alabama couple back in Lenoir County to face murder charges

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PINK HILL, NC (WITN) - Two Alabama residents have been returned to Lenoir County to face murder charges.

Pink Hill Police Chief Joey Thigpen says Phoebe Morgan and Eugene McDonald are charged with murder and conspiracy.

The two are being held without bond after going before a judge on Thursday.

Morgan and McDonald were arrested last month for the murder of Garry Spitzer.

Morgan's daughter, Katey Millican, is also facing a murder charge.

Police say Millican and the victim were involved in a custody case involving their 3-year-old daughter. That child was apparently at the home alone with her dead father, according to police.


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The ex-girlfriend of a man who was found dead in his Lenoir County mobile home last week has now been charged with his murder.

Katey Millican, 24, was originally charged with felony conspiracy to commit murder after last Sunday's death of 56-year-old Garry Spitzer.

Pink Hill Police Chief Joey Thigpen says they have also charged the woman with an open count of murder.

Millican is now the third person charged with the man's death. On Friday, police in Alabama arrested Millican's mother, Phoebe Morgan, and a friend of the mother's, Eugene McDonald.

Those two suspects remain in a Tuscaloosa jail, awaiting their return to North Carolina.

Police say Millican and the victim were involved in a custody case involving their 3-year-old daughter. That child was apparently at the home alone with her dead father, according to police.

Millican will have a court appearance on the new charge Tuesday morning. She's being held without bond.


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Two more arrests have been made in the murder of a Pink Hill man Sunday.

Police arrested Katey Millican, 24, of Alabama, on Monday for conspiracy in the murder of Garry Spitzer, 56, who is her ex-boyfriend and the father of their 3-year-old.

On Friday, Pink Hill Police Chief Joey Thigpen says Millican's mother and a friend of her mother's have also been arrested.

Phoebe Morgan and Eugene McDonald are both charged with an open count of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. They've been arrested by the Tuscaloosa County Homicide Unit in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Morgan and McDonald are being held without bond and are awaiting extradition back to Lenoir County.

Police say Millican was in town from Alabama visiting her daughter the weekend Spitzer was found dead.

They say she called 9-1-1 to report the death and when police questioned her, they say she admitted to playing a part in his death.

Millican is being held on a $1 million bond and her next court date is December 5th.



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Pink Hill police say they believe a three-year-old was with her father's body for several hours Sunday morning after he was murdered.

Garry Spitzer was discovered dead in his trailer around 6:30 a.m. Sunday at the Johnson Mobile Home Park. Police now say the death is being investigated as a murder.

Police have charged the man's ex-girlfriend, Katey Millican, with felony conspiracy to commit murder. The 24-year-old went before a District Court judge this morning on the charge.

Chief Joey Thigpen says Millican, who is from Alabama, comes to North Carolina every week or two to visit the couple's three-year-old daughter.

He said she made the 911 call, they questioned her and later she confessed to her involvement in Spitzer's death. An autopsy is being performed today to determine exactly how the 56-year-old man died.

Thigpen says the daughter was in the mobile home alone with her father's body for a time early Sunday morning. They believe he was killed between 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m., while the 911 call came in around 6:30 a.m.

The chief says they are still looking for two more people of interest in the case.

The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office has been assisting Pink Hill police with the murder investigation.

Millican is being held on a $1 million bond and her next court date is December 5th.


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The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office says they've made an arrest after a man was found dead Sunday morning.

Katey Millican, 24, of Alabama, is charged with one count of felony conspiracy.

She's being held under a $1 million bond, according to Lenoir County jail officials.

The Pink Hill Police Department says someone called 911 around 6:30 a.m. Sunday after finding the body of a man in the Johnson Mobile Home Park, which is located at North Kinston Blvd. and Leighton Dr.

Police say the man lived there with a child.

Jail officials say Millican is expected to make a first court appearance Monday morning.


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The Pink Hill Police Department and the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office are investigating after a man was found dead Sunday morning.

According to police, someone called 911 around 6:30am after finding the body of a man in the Johnson Mobile Home Park, which is located at N. Kinston Blvd. and Leighton Dr.

Police say the man lived there with a child.

Officers are calling it a death investigation, as no cause of death has been determined.

Limited information is available at this time, we'll update this story as we learn more.