ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. — One of three suspects charged in connection with a shooting that killed two men inside an Alexander County home last month faced a judge Monday.
Officials said 20-year-old Adam Thomas Morgan, who was wanted on two counts of first-degree murder, was arrested just after 2 a.m. Saturday.
Before his arrest, deputies said Morgan was last seen Friday on Old Mountain Road in Stony Point, headed toward Alexander County near the Iredell and Alexander County line.
Authorities said the suspect was seen riding in an older model dark color SUV driven by a white female with a North Carolina temporary tag.
Deputies were called to the scene after a friend of the victims made the gruesome discovery on Mount Wesley Church Road in Stony Point.
When deputies arrived, they said they found two men -- the homeowner and another man -- with gunshot wounds.
The Sheriff's Office identified the victims as 38-year-old Chad Kennedy, who lived in the home, and 57-year-old Mark Furey, of Taylorsville.
Morgan’s mother embraced her son in court Monday, saying she doesn’t believe he’s the one who shot and killed Kennedy and Furey.
“I love Adam, and he loves me. He didn’t do this. Adam’s not like that,” Carolyn Morgan said.
Investigators believe Adam Morgan, along with Robert Hoover and Brandy Miller, who are in a Virginia jail, knew the two victims.
(Robert Bryan Hoover) (Brandy Lynn Miller)
Morgan and Hoover are both charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Miller is charged with two counts of accessory after the fact.
The sheriff told Channel 9 part of the motive involved drugs.
“The investigation shows there was no forcible entry which leads us to believe that they were let in,” Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman said.
Deputies said they have responded to the house for different calls in the past but have not said if the homicides are connected to previous incidents. Investigators believe the men were killed in two different parts of the home with some type of rifle.
“It feels unreal. It just, I don’t know, don’t feel right. Don’t feel like it could, don’t feel like it could be happening here,” neighbor May Sheets said.
Deputies said they are searching a computer to see if the laptop’s webcam captured the deadly shooting
This is an ongoing investigation. Check back with wsoctv.com for more information.