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Posted: 4:17 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2012
LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. —
Nearly two years after a man was killed inside his store and the business was set on fire, it now has a new owner.
A flashing sign welcomes people driving along Highway 150 to step into what was once a crime scene.
Almost two years ago, former shop owner Dan Mullinax was shot and killed in his store. Then, the killer started a fire to cover up the crime.
Thomas Bolen and his family moved to the area from Chicago and opened Ruby's discount store three months ago.
“A lot of people are hesitant about coming in,” Bolen said.
Those people remember the unsolved murder that happened there.
“They said it's a little eerie in here,” Bolen said.
“You wonder what went on in here or what kind of struggle he had or how it took place,” customer Dustin Richardson said.
But Bolen said customers are quickly warming up to the place and some even come in because they're curious.
Those who knew Mullinax like the changes that have happened there.
“It's a real nice place,” said Gary Richardson, a friend of the victim.
Some say it's a major improvement over the burned-out shell of a shop that reminded them of the unsolved murder.
“It was just empty and sad,” Martha Weaver said.
Investigators are still looking for new leads in the case.
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