Oxford, N.C. — For the second time in a week, a Superior Court judge has dealt a blow to the efforts of a Texas man to convince jurors he didn’t kill a Granville County couple almost three years ago.
Eric Alexander Campbell, 23, of Alvin, Texas, is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, second-degree arson, robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle, financial card theft, identity theft and two counts of cruelty to animals in the Dec. 31, 2014, deaths of Jerome Faulkner, 73, and his wife, Dora Faulkner, 62.
Authorities say Campbell and his father, Edward Watson Campbell, stormed into the Faulkners’ home in northern Granville County, robbed them, set fire to the house and killed them before fleeing in both the couple’s Chevrolet Silverado and a stolen SUV.
Police in Lewisburg, W.Va., arrested Edward and Eric Campbell on New Year’s Day 2015 following a shootout, and investigators found the Faulkners’ bodies under a mattress in the back of the pickup.
On the ride back to North Carolina, Edward Campbell told Doug McFee, a detective with the Granville County Sheriff’s Office, that his son was only along for the ride and wasn’t involved in the Faulkners’ slayings.