Second person charged in 2013 murder

By Sarah Willets

March 18, 2014

LUMBERTON — A 25-year-old Lumberton man on Monday joined a woman in facing charges for the 2013 murder of her husband at a Fairmont home, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.

Christopher Laycell Nealey, of Lark Avenue, is charged with first-degree murder in the April 26 shooting death of 57-year-old Forace Oxendine, according to Maj. Anthony Thompson, chief of detectives.

Last week, Oxendine’s wife, 53-year-old Carol Lynn Anders, was charged with first-degree murder in his death as well insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretenses.

Thompson said Nealey is “one of the participants involved in the murder,” declining to comment further on Nealey’s role in the shooting or his relationship to Oxendine and Anders. Nealey is not accused of any fraud-related crimes.

“Information that was received during the course of the investigation led to his arrest,” Thompson said. Nealey is being held at the Robeson County Detention Center with no bond.

Thompson said more charges and arrests are expected.

Deputies found Oxendine dead in the backyard of a home at 499 Price Road in Fairmont with multiple injuries that authorities have declined to disclose.

The investigation involves the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, the Lumberton Police Department, the State Bureau of Investigation, the SBI’s Medicaid Fraud Unit, the state Department of Insurance and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, according to Sheriff Kenneth Sealey.

Sealey declined to elaborate on Anders’ fraud-related charges. According to Sealey, Anders owns the Price Road home, but would not say if Oxendine was also a homeowner there.