Man charged with teenager’s murder

By Sarah Willets -

Edward Autry Wright

LUMBERTON — A man has been charged with the murder of a Lumberton 18-year-old who arrived bloodied at the home of a sheriff’s lieutenant early Wednesday morning and with setting her home on fire, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.

The teen was identified Thursday as Marcy Blanks, of Buckshot Drive.

Edward Autry Wright, 22, has been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and first-degree arson. He was jailed at the Robeson County Detention Center without bond for those charges. According to Maj. Anthony Thompson, chief of detectives for the Sheriff’s Office, Wright was also charged with assault of a law enforcement officer for biting an investigator while he was being fingerprinted. He received a $75,000 bond for that charge.

The relationship between Blanks and Wright is unclear. Wright lives on Barker Church Road in Lumberton.

According to Thompson, Blanks was “covered in blood” and had cuts to her body when she knocked on the door of off-duty sheriff’s Lt. Joey Hucks at about 4 a.m. Wednesday. Blanks told Hucks her house was on fire before she was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center, where she died.

Thompson said there is no connection between Blanks and Hucks beyond being neighbors. Buckshot Drive and Buck Trail, where Hucks lives, intersect off of Singletary Church Road.

Thompson said the investigation continues.

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By Sarah Willets

Sarah Willets can be reached at 910-816-1974 or on Twitter @Sarah_Willets.

Sarah Willets can be reached at 910-816-1974 or on Twitter @Sarah_Willets.

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