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2 arrested in NC after being spotted trying to bury a body

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Tony Hearne and Linsey Lentz

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ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. — An Alexander County sheriff’s deputy found two people trying to dispose of a body behind an abandoned house in the Ellendale community, officials said.

Investigators have charged Tony Hearne, 51, and Linsey Lentz, 33, with murder and failure to report a death.

“We brought him up here. I just panicked to hide him. I didn’t know what to do,” Tony Hearne said.

Tony Hearne told WSOC that he isn’t a killer and was only defending himself when he choked his uncle Robert Adam Hearne Jr. to death.

Read full story: WSOC

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