North Carolina Family Slain

WAYNESVILLE, N.C.--Five family members who had just come home from a fair were shot to death Thursday by two men who stole their pickup truck and car, police said. One suspect was arrested yesterday.

Investigators said the killers apparently stole the pickup but wrecked it at the bottom of the family's driveway, went back and took another car, which was discovered smashed into a guardrail on Interstate 40 two miles east of the killings.

Charles Wesley Roache, 25, was caught by a neighbor, held at gunpoint until police arrived and later charged with murder. Officers aided by tracking dogs and helicopters were searching the Blue Ridge foothills for the second man.

Killed were Earl Phillips, 72; his wife, Cora, 71; their son Eddie, 40; their daughter-in-law, Mitzi, 44; and their granddaughter, Katie, 14.


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