Denton man arrested, accused of killing missing Lexington man

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DENTON, N.C. — A suspect has be arrested in the killing of a missing man in Lexington.

Oct. 9 was the last time anyone had seen 24-year-old James Lee Gregory.

Gregory was seen getting gas in his company vehicle at the Rams Petroleum at 616 N. Main St. in Lexington. He was reported missing by his mom.

Gregory’s body was found along N.C. 47 in Denton.

On Saturday, Bud Barry Hulin, 43, of Denton, was arrested and charged with felony murder.

An arrest report lists the date of the crime as Oct. 9 through 12.

“He seemed fine that morning. He seemed happy. He seemed real energetic and he was ready to get the day going- have a super-duper day,” Debra Clark said. “Everything seemed fine. I didn’t see any reason to seem alarmed or anything.”

Clark owns Rams Petroleum on North Main Street in Lexington and said Gregory was a regular there.

The 24-year-old worked for Clark’s brother.

“My brother had tried to contact him Saturday about a key and it went straight to voicemail,” she said.

That was October 10.

After several attempts to reach him, Clark’s brother called Gregory’s mom, who later called police.

This missing person’s information started circulating.

Jorge Cisnerous works at a furniture store across the street. He said Gregory’s family reached out to them for help.

“They wanted footage all the way to that gas station across the street, which our cameras don’t have that capacity,” Cisnerous said.

He said hearing the news of at least two bodies found in Davidson County over the weekend makes him nervous.

“Especially with small kids. I have three small kids, that makes me nervous,” Cisnerous said.

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