Man arrested for ‘brutal’ fatal stabbing in North Carolina

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Edward Eugene Snipes (Photo: Orange County Sheriff's Office)

GALAX, VA (AP) — A man accused of fatally stabbing a woman and wounding her son in a “brutal” attack inside their North Carolina home has been arrested in Virginia.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said 55-year-old Edward Eugene Snipes was taken into custody Monday in Galax, Virginia. That’s about 143 miles northwest of the victims’ home in eastern Orange County.

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Deputies say the son, Lakota Franklin, was able to escape and run to a neighbor’s home for help Sunday night.

Franklin was transported to a hospital by emergency responders for treatment.

Deputies then found his mother, Jennifer McFalls, dead in the home with multiple stab wounds. Authorities say robbery appears to be the motive.