First Posted: 1/15/2009
LUMBERTON - A Fairmont woman who served four years in prison for a failed murder-for-hire scheme has been charged with fatally shooting her boyfriend and setting his home on fire to cover up the crime.
Pattie Faye Hunt, 30, of 1204 Miller Road, was arrested Thursday and charged with the March 14 death of 23-year-old Christopher Tony Dial.
Investigators say Hunt shot Dial four times at his 690 Ozieley Drive mobile home.
“He was shot and then the mobile home was burned to cover it up,” sheriff's Detective Lt. Reggle Strickland said.
Strickland said a neighbor reported the fire, which took firefighters about 20 minutes to extinguish. Only the walls of the mobile home were left standing when Dial's body was discovered.
Hunt has been charged with first-degree murder and felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Strickland said she has not yet been charged with arson. She is in the Robeson County jail, where she is being held without bond.
She had worked as a home health care technician in 1996 and was working in construction when Dial was murdered. Dial's family declined to comment about the arrest.
Court records show that Hunt has a violent past. She was convicted in 1998 of paying someone to kill Murial Chavis, who had been dating Hunt's former boyfriend, and sentenced to three to five years. She was released in November 2001.
In 1996, she was charged with second-degree arson for allegedly setting fire to Chavis' home in March of that year, but those charges were dismissed. Chavis survived the fire, but the home was destroyed.