HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY)– A family controversy leads to a breaking and entering and a murder. It happened in the northern part of Hampstead early Wednesday morning.
The Pender County Sheriff’s Office says that 67-year-old Roger Arnold Mock Sr. was found dead inside his home at 329 Electric Lane.
Investigators say that the case progressed quickly and that an arrest was made around 2:15 p.m. The man arrested and charged with murder is James Gorby, the step-son of the victim.
Gorby was taken to the law enforcement center in Burgaw as the sheriff’s office continues their investigation.
“Rather not get into motive right now,” said Pender County Sheriff Carson Smith. “Again the arrest has just been made we really haven’t had time to interview the suspect. Don’t want to get into motive, even that is developing.”
Some family members at the scene said that Mock Sr. was a kind, church going man who was only trying to help his step-son through a drug problem.
A neighbor who did not want to be identified for personal reasons said that Mock Sr. was truly a great man.
“I couldn’t of never in a million years thought that anybody would have done anything to Roger Mock because he was one of the best people that I knew.”
We also learned that Mock Sr. was a founding member at the New Life Christian Center. The center is a church that is just about to move to it’s new home this weekend.
“It’s extremely unfortunate,” said Kimmy Griffin, a member of the church. “He of all people should be the one to be there at our ground breaking that we are having this Saturday. It’s really a shame that he won’t be here to witness our new building but I know that he can witness it in heaven, but it just won’t be the same for us.”
The Pender County Sheriff’s Office says that James Gorby is also charged with breaking and entering and larceny, larceny of a motor vehicle, two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of stolen property.
Gorby is being held a the Pender County Jail with no bond. He will have his first appearance in front of a magistrate Thursday morning.