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Man charged in 1972 Johnston County with murder, rape dies in prison

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RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — A 68-year-old man arrested two years ago in a 1972 murder and rape in Johnston County died in prison while awaiting trial, officials said Monday.

Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell and District Attorney Susan Doyle announced the death of Larry Joe Scott.

He was awaiting trial for first-degree murder, rape and kidnapping in the 1972 death of Bonnie Neighbors.

On March 21, Scott was taken to the emergency room at Johnston Medical Center before being transferred to UNC-Chapel Hill for treatment.

He was then transferred to the central prison on April 3.

He died on April 15. Scott’s cause of death was not released.

Neighbors was killed on December 14, 1972 while holding her son, Bizzell said.

Her body was found bound and shot twice in a migrant camp on December 17, 1972, while her son, who was still alive, was standing next to her body.

Scott, who once lived in Benson, was currently living on the streets of Bradenton, Florida Time of his arrest in April 2019.

The investigation into the neighbor’s death was resumed in April 2007 by Bizzell. Two detectives, Captain Buck Pipkin and Lt. Ryan Benson worked 12 years on the case that led to Scott’s arrest.

Investigators found Scott’s fingerprints in the victim’s car, Bizzell said.

Scott was due to appear in court in August.

“The evidence against Scott was conclusive and overwhelming. The Attorney’s Office appreciates the hard work of the Sheriff’s Office and the SBI. We are grateful that advances in forensic technology have enabled us to positively and positively identify the murderer responsible for these heinous crimes,” Doyle said.

https://www.cbs17.com/news/man-charged-in-1972-johnston-county-murder-rape-dies-in-prison/ Man charged in 1972 Johnston County with murder, rape dies in prison

DUSTIN JONES

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