NC man and girlfriend sought in murder of elderly couple

BREAKING NEWS: NC man suspected in elderly couple’s murder is dead, woman is caught

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. (CNN) —Deputies have identified a man and his girlfriend wanted in connection with the deaths of an elderly couple at their Davidson County home.


Lloyd Wayne Franklin, 34, faces two counts of first-degree murder, while Jennifer Michelle Lanning, 38, faces one count of accessory after the fact to murder. Both suspects are from Davidson County.

The charges are in connection with the deaths of Davie Lee McSwain, 82, and Joan McSwain, 78. The couple who were married 55 years were found dead by their son just after 6 p.m. Thursday at their home on Garcia Kennedy Road off National Highway and Highway 68 northeast of Thomasville.

Deputies allege Franklin unlawfully entered the home early Thursday morning and may have been shot by Davie McSwain in an attempt at self-defense. Deputies allege Franklin stole a .38-caliber revolver from the home and fled in the couple’s van.

UPDATE: NC man suspected in elderly couple’s murder is dead, woman is caught

Franklin is also a suspect in robberies at CVS stores in Aberdeen near Southern Pines and Georgetown, S.C., about 40 miles southwest of Myrtle Beach. Drugs and money were stolen from both locations, deputies said.

Deputies said both suspects may be very desperate and should be considered armed and dangerous. Franklin has a criminal history dating back to 1998, including charges of assault on a government official and felony breaking and entering and larceny.

The couple’s van is a dark blue 2006 Chrysler Town & Country with North Carolina license plate XRX-2142.

Davie McSwain was a retired military veteran, while Joan McSwain had been retired from a bank in High Point, deputies said.

If you know the whereabouts of either suspect or have any information that can help investigators, you’re asked to call 911, the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office at 336-242-2105 or Lexington Area Crime Stoppers at 243-2400.

— Info from WXII via CNN

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