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Columbus Co. man arrested for wife's 2000 murder

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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A Columbus County man is in jail charged with killing his wife more than a decade ago.

Columbus County Sheriff's detectives and investigators with the District Attorney's Office arrested John Avery Phillip Cumbee, 51, of Honey Field Road, Whiteville, for the 2000 murder of his wife, Angela Jones Cumbee.

On August 7, 2000, deputies responded to an alleged suicide on Dock Road in the Crusoe Island Community. Investigators found Angela Cumbee's body on her bedroom floor with a single gunshot wound to her head.

The case was presented to the District Attorney Office at that time, but it was determined there was insufficient evidence to prosecute. In the summer of 2011 the case was re-opened following interviews with Angela Cumbee's family.

Columbus County detectives and investigators with the DA's Office reinterviewed witnesses and reexamined the evidence. The Sheriff's Office says a decision was made with the DA's Office to proceed with the prosecution of this case.

John Cumbee is in the Columbus County Jail with no bond.

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Angies Death

Every body has there own opinion of what happen and if PHILLIP IS INNOCENT they will proove his innocent, but you people that has negative things to say about angie and her family needs to stop, yea her children are grown now but that does not mean its easier for them. I loved that family, Angie was a great mom and she always took care of her kids. Bo was a good child to he had alot of stuff build up inside of him because of his real father being in jail. Only God knows what happened and eventually the truth will come out, I miss angie so much and I hope that the truth will come out so please people think about angies side of the family, they are the ones that lost there mom so give them a break.

This truly a sad situation

This truly a sad situation ... its even sadder that I.stead of comin together as a community ppl want to throw him under the bus. I love mr. Philip n believe in his innocence. The bible says only God can judge!!! Be careful what you say...cause u may be eating your words. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family... as they are friends of mine. Tje truth will come out and set him free.

There was nothing but love for twenty years

My mother was a good woman and she died of natural cuases. There was nothing but love that went on between them for 20 years. Every marriage has its us and downs. I was behind those closed doors and my father was a great man and he loved us very much and anyone else that he was married to. I was no minor when all this took place and I know far more than any of you do. I am sorry for the friends and family of Angela but there is documented proof that she in fact had tried to kill herself on several ocassions. Two overdoes and a single self inflicted gunshoot wound to the stomach. Ifeel bad that her children has had to endure this. But my father is an innocent man and he loved and cared for Angela deeply. He had tried to seek help for Angela but was refused the help she needed. It is far sadder that a DA will make comments that my father is guity and say there was domestic violence in their home. When infact I was in their lives daily and no minor and there was never any domestic violence between them. In fact my father was the happiest man I had seen in a long time. I am a memeber of the UnitedStates Armed forces and I fight for justice to the upmost degree. My father has never abused me or physical mistreeted me. He has always been their to support me I intend to fight to the highest to prove my father's innocence. I do not know why her family has waited so long to do such a helliaous act. But like all sucides a person would rather think someone did it than believe someone is capable of taking their own lives. Every statement I have made is entirely based on integrity and knowledge of things that you as a whole do not understand. I will be beside my father until the very end and I will wear my boots with honor defending him like I have defended this great nation as a United States Vet.

Lord please forgive them

I truly hope that all of the people on here that have done nothing but talk ugly about people can lay their head down at night and sleep with all the uncalled for and hurtful comments that you have made. Does anybody think that my Sisters and I want to re-live all these terriable memories???? I can not believe that our Brother's name was even brought up!!! What really gets me is that most of the hurtful comments are coming from people who claim to live for Jesus, but yet get on here and type the comments that have been posted! And then hide behind fake names. Well I know someone who you can't hide from and that is my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!!! Please quit this!!!!! It does not make it easier for either side!

The fact of the matter is

The fact of the matter is this...no one seen what happened to Angie because it happened in the bedroom. So don't come back with this crap of "you were not there". I know more than what you think. I personally do not believe Phillip killed her...she had a history of this before. So before you condemn this man lets see what comes out in the hearing.

Prayer

Just Pray the truth comes out. innocent or guilty. It is sad for all involved.

I love how people are so

I love how people are so quick to point fingers and talk about two families that they don't even know. I know both of these families and my heart goes out to both of them alike. None of us (myself included) does not know what happened that night. There is no reason for bringing Bobbie Jo or Bo into this. I knew Bo and thought the world of him. I also seen how hurt both sides of these families were hurt over his death. This is just sad no matter how you look at it. Stop acting like you know when you really don't. Instead of the he did or didn't do it. Why don't you kust stop and pray for the two families that are affected by this.

Persecution of an Innocent

It Is a HUGE MISTAKE ARRESTING AN INNOCENT MAN, if you don't know what happened then you shouldn't be discussing it. God knows the the truth. Phillip is a Good family man & a born again christian. He will be set free with honesty on his side. He is the kind of man you could ask for the shirt off his back & he would hand it to you, then ask if you needed anything else. Where is this evidence? What is it? The lady had a mental history with documents proving it. She shot herself before in the stomach on purpose in her previous marriage. The family of this lady has a suicidal mental history as well. How can after all this time anyone would/could say different than what was already ruled suicide? This is a tragedy to her family, but persecuting an innocent man will not bring her back.

12YR MURDER....AND PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY KNOW!

It's very sad when there are situations that arise to which no matter who a person is they always have to put in their comments. I AM related to the murder victims family and the only comment I have to say to....GUEST2020, SRS, AND GUESTTTP03, AND THE REST WHO WANNA WRITE NEGATIVE COMMENTS...IS THIS...YOU..WERE..NOT..THERE!!! AND IF YOU WERE THERE THEN THE TRUTH WILL COME OUT BUT OTHERWISE YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR MOUTHS SHUT ABOUT WHAT YOU THIS ANGELA DID OR DIDN'T DO. AND TO SAY.."WHY WASN'T THIS CASE TAKEN CARE OF WAY BEFORE NOW?" WELL HELLO....THIS INVOLVED "MINOR" CHILDREN...AND THEN YOU HAVE ADULTS WHO TEND TO TALK OVER A CHILD WHEN THEY HAVE STOOD THERE AND WITNESSED THINGS AND ME/MYSELF DOESNT KNOW WHY IT WASN'T DEALT WITH BUT FOR WHATEVER REASON...LIKE I SAID YOU WERENT THERE!!! AND NEITHER WAS I...SO I'M JUST SAYING STOP FOR GODS SAKE STOP PUTTING IN YOUR 2CENTS WORTH OF AN OPINION THAT ISNT WORTH A HILL OF BEANS!!!!

angie justice

She had more than one daughter and one son she also had two other daughter who have lived a good life for themself, so lets think about them also having to go through this again reliving their mothers death and having to remember what happened. I pray angie death gets justice. Just cause their are other suicide in the family doesn't mean her death was suicude also, let the evidence and the justice system determine it.

Knowing...

This is my family. I really know what happened that night. Most of you don't. For any of you to say that its a pattern for suicides in that family, you are wrong. I wont say anything about Phillip, because I havn't seen him for a number of years, even though I live in the same town. I will say however, that you really don't know people. People are different behind doors. It is about time for justice to be served for our family. It has been many years of pain and long suffering. As for the comment about the daughter, yes she may work for an attorney, but that has nothing to do with this... So, please, don't throw things out there just because you think you know, or have heard different. Please keep our family in your prayers, because this is the beginning of a very long journey for us.

Angies death

I have known angie for a long time, I knew her since vallory was a baby and she was with Jimmy Best, I know for a fact that she love her kids and there is no way she would have committed suicide. I know she came and seen me a couple of days before she got killed, Angie was happy but something was on her mind but she could not tell me at the time. She was my best friend and I loved her like a sister. I use to hang out with her all the time when she stayed in riegelwood, I miss her so much. I hope and pray that they will get the correct answers to what happen to her, but i will never believe she committed suicide.

John Avery Phillip Cumbee

My prayers are with you Phillip.

I have no opinion as to

I have no opinion as to whether or not this man is guilty, because I do not know the particular facts of the case. However, mentioning the son's suicide as possibly being a cause of the mother's is a testament to your stupidity, since the son's suicide was a least a good 5 years after her death. These types of mistakes tend to happen when you must inject your opinion into everything, but lack the education to form a coherent thought.

I cant believe that this man

I cant believe that this man is capable of killing his wife. He always seemed to love angie with all his heart. He always took care of her. He was dedicated to Both Bobbie Jo And Angie.

Bobbie Jo

Please leave Bobbie Jo out of this. She had nothing to do with it.

Bobbie Jo

I think Bobbie Jo was just to give credibilty of Mr cumbees reputation geezzzz idiot!!!! & I have no dog in the fight , i could care less If he did it the he deserves to be punished If not then he deserves a Apology & to be set free

my mother bobbie joe

Keep my mother out of it. I grew up with my mother and father and they lived together twenty years happily. let me find out who wrote this and i will sue the pants off your behind

No offense, but you never

No offense, but you never know what goes on behind closed doors. I am not saying that he did do it or that he didn't do it, but there are so many people out there who live one way in public and are completely different at home. Whatever happened, I hope the killer, whoever he or she may be, is brought to justice.

I agree 100% and so do all

I agree 100% and so do all of thier neighbors and friends. He is one of the most sincere people I have ever known. I think people should know more about Angie's past as well. She had attempted suicide at least once before by self inflicted gunshot. Also her son committed suicide. I really think thier was a problem but not with Phillip! Thier are just to many factors missing in this case. Funny thing that her daughter went to work for an attorney then all of a sudden the case was reopened and now he was arrested due to information give by Angie's family. If they had information in this matter of thier own family member why keep it in for 12 years? And further more if you thought someone murdered your mother you certainly wouldn't move within a quarter mile of them on the same street. I truly hope that the truth comes out. Phillip has children of his own and grand-children. He also has a ton of health problems and I am sure he will not get the treatment needed in the columbus county jail! I will be in prayer for Phillip and his family during this very trying time and hope that you all will do the same!

If Im not mistaken they were

If Im not mistaken they were someone in Angies family that committed suicide before her. and then their was angie then her son and then angies 1st cousin. Iwas told by her family member that she had overdosed , then she shot herself in the stomach and continued to be on alot of meds and then she shot herself in her head. then her son overdosed and they blamed it on a little girl and then when he shot himself they wanted to blame it on another little girl and at both times these girls were no where around them and not long after the boy died angies first cousin overdosed and died. Sounds like a trend dont it.. But I heard on tv last nite that her daughter started this. a daughter that ran off and left her 2 little boys for her husband and inlaws to raise. and the only way she got them back is for her xhusband to die. so who really killed her x husband. maybe in 12 years we will know

Get your facts straight

You need to get your facts straight!. Angies daughter didn't leave her 2 boys for her husband and inlaws to raise, it was Angies 1st cousin!!! Her daughter has NEVER left her children, but even so, what would that have to do with anything. Obviously the police have evidence or there wouldn't have been an arrest. I've ALWAYS felt that Angies death was not suicide. I talked to her the nite before she died and she was perfectly fine! She told me several times during her short marriage to Phillip, that she was the happiest that she's ever been, so I never beleived that she killed herself. Her husbands story changed twice about what happened that nite. As far as her sons suicide, NO ONE EVER blamed it on anybody!!! It was just said that he killed himself over a girlfriend that broke up with him! But this poor kid had a rough life. His dad was sent to prison when he was only 6 yrs old, then he had to live with an abusive stepfather (not Phillip), and then had to deal with losing his mom when he was only 13 yrs old. People like you really make me mad! If you don't know first hand what your talking about, you really should keep your thoughts to yourself, then you wouldn't look so stupid!!!!!

TO THE PERSON (GET YOUR

TO THE PERSON (GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT) YOU NEED TO GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT AND LEAVE THE GIRLFRIEND OF BO OUT OF THIS MESS. SHE WAS NOT IN VOLVED IN BOs DEATH AND YOU SAY THAT NOBODY BLAMED HER BUT THEY DID. AND YOU EVEN DID BY SAYING THAT HE KILLED HIMSELF OVER HIS GIRLFRIEND BREAKING UP WITH HIM. YOU DONT EVEN KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT THAT. YOU NEED TO LEAVE HER OUT OF YOUR MESSAGES. SHE BELONGS TO ME AND YOU ARE A IGNORANT INDIVIDUAL FOR EVEN SAYING SUCH A THING. I AM ONLY HERE TO TAKE UP FOR ONE PERSON, AND THAT IS MY GIRL. YOU SHOULD KNOW WHO I AM SINCE YOU KNOW SO MUCH. COME AND SEE ME (MOUTH).

everyone that dont know

everyone that dont know anything about her or her kids need to stop commenting all you are is just dumb and i pray for u.. leave your comments to yourself god dosent like ugly..

YOU HAVE NO CLUE COWARD

to the person who made this last comment beginning with " I agree 100% and so do all, then how about tell us who you are and quit being a coward!!!!! You weren't there and you don't know!!! Glad to know you know so much about Angie!!!!

Sad

This is a very sad situation. If he is not guilty then his reputation is ruined. If he is guilty then not all of Angie's family will see justice. Her son is infact dead and its sad that anyone would even bring up such a hurtful memory for so many young people. We all loved and adored Bo and he suffered from losing his mother. If this man is guilty of Bo's mother's death, then he is guilty of ruining alot more lives including Bo's sisters.