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Columbus Co. man arrested for wife's 2000 murder


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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