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James Robert Davis

James Robert Davis

DUNN, N.C. — Harnett County authorities have arrested a man who is accused of killing his former boss after robbing him.

The sheriff’s office says James Robert Davis, 56, is charged with murder in the death of 76-year-old Charles C. Stewart.

Additional charges are pending.

Sheriff Larry Rollins accuses Davis of breaking into Stewart’s home in Dunn around 10:30 a.m. Sunday.  After breaking in, Rollins says the suspect beat Stewart and his 62-year-old wife before fleeing with guns, jewelry and cash.

Deputies responding to a 911 call found Stewart dead outside the home.

Stewarts’ injured wife was found inside and taken to Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital.

Davis was found at an abandoned home in Clinton around 7:45 p.m. The victims’ stolen van was also there.

Rollins says Davis used to work for Stewart before he was let go about a year ago.