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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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Kimberly Turner
2015 years 11 months ago

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… Read more »

family friend
2015 years 11 months ago

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.

Bobbie Joe was my Mother
2015 years 11 months ago

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… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

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… Read more »

Columbus County Native
2015 years 11 months ago

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.

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