Clemmons man pleads guilty to shooting man after catching him having sex with estranged wife

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James Michael Burcham

FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Clemmons man pleaded guilty this morning to charges he fatally shot another man after he caught him having sex with his estranged wife, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

James Michael Burcham, 36, of Sir Knight Circle, pleaded guilty in Forsyth Superior Court to second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Michael Brandon Moss, 28. Moss’s body was found wrapped in plastic trash bags with a futon on top in the woods in Lewisville on July 15, 2013. He was shot three times.

Burcham was initially charged with first-degree murder and felony failure to report a death. Judge William Z. Wood of Forsyth Superior Court sentenced Burcham to 22 years to 27 years and three months in prison.

According to court testimony today, James Burcham shot Moss after he caught him having sex with his estranged wife, Sheena Burcham, the night of July 13, 2013. Burcham wrapped Moss’s body and dumped it.

Sheena Burcham told investigators that she saw James Burcham shoot Moss and that her husband forced her to go with him to Indiana and West Virginia after Moss’s body was found. Authorities picked the couple up in West Virginia on July 16.

Sheena Burcham was not charged in connection with Moss’s death. Kenneth Moss, the father of Michael Moss, said in court that Sheena Burcham should have been charged.

Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill said that Sheena Burcham was the only eyewitness to Moss’s murder and that evidence showed that she followed James Burcham in the days following the murder out of fear for her life.

“Despite the threats that Brandon Moss made to the Defendant during the time leading up to the murder, Ms. Burcham assisted law enforcement in negating any possible claims of self-defense,” he said. “Ms. Burcham’s cooperation during the investigation was essential and necessary in order to successfully prosecute the Defendant.”