A Harnett County woman has received a felony charge for her alleged involvement as an accessory in a 2014 murder in northern Sampson, investigators said Monday.
Betty Catherine West, 24, of 408 E. Wimberly Drive, Angier, was arrested at her residence on Saturday on warrants for accessory after the fact in connection with the recent homicide investigation, in which a 37-year-old woman was arrested last week in Tennessee. The warrants were issued Wednesday.
West was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $200,000 bond and given a court date of Jan. 29.
Felicia Barnes, 37, stands charged in the 2014 murder of Danielle Alicia Chance, 24. Both were living in the northern end of Sampson County at the time of the homicide, the details of which just came to light earlier this month. Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said Barnes was arrested by authorities in Jefferson City, Tenn., last week and held there without bond until officers could conduct interviews and complete the extradition process.
As of Monday morning, Barnes was still at the jail in Tennessee. According to authorities there, she was living with a boyfriend and her son. She had no previous run-ins with police in that area, where she lived close to two years, they said.
Her arrest came on the heels of an intensive week-long investigation that began after a law enforcement agency outside of the county received a tip about a possible unreported homicide that might have occurred inside Sampson.
According to information from the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, county investigators, along with State Bureau of Investigation agents, were able to confirm a murder did occur after finding Chance’s partial remains at an undisclosed location, also in the northern end of Sampson, last week.
Those remains were taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Raleigh for further review.
While details are still sketchy about how the murder occurred, where it happened and when other than sometime in 2014, the probe into the case is continuing, Thornton said.
The tip led to the intense investigation which pulled in officers from many areas.
“A lot of people from a lot of different agencies have worked long and hard on this case since we learned of the possibility of the murder,” Thornton said late last week. “It has been a great effort.”
Thornton said this type of investigation is never easy, but because of the hard investigative work of many, the week-long probe was turning up results, details of which could not be discussed. Despite West’s arrest, sheriff’s officials were still mum Monday on the details of the investigation, with Thornton noting that the probe was still very much ongoing and he did not want to see it compromised.
“We want to do everything we can to protect the integrity of the case,” the sheriff noted, saying no additional information would likely be released this week.
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