Police: Man interviewed on air now suspect in Anson Co. killing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Four men were arrested and accused of beating a man to death and leaving his body in a parking lot.
One suspect made the bold move to appear on the air just hours after the attack on Phillip Burgess, investigators said.

Demetrian Teal described the area to Channel 9 Tuesday.

“I mean you really don't catch people walking through this area, you barely see them walking through during the day,” Teal said Tuesday.

PHOTOS: Man's body found in Wadesboro
Teal, 19, James Henderson, 19, Quentin Teal, 22 and Reginald Jenkins, 19, beat Burgess around midnight Tuesday and left his body on the side of the U.S. Highway 74 in Wadesboro, police said.  A passerby called 911 and authorities closed the road for hours during the investigation.

"The motive was robbery," Wadesboro Police Chief Thedis Spencer said. "They were attempting to rob the victim and the victim attempted to fight back and in the process he was killed.
The family of Burgess, 53, said they are relieved to hear about the arrests made in their loved one's murder. 
The Wadesboro Police Department, the Anson County Sheriff's Office and the SBI worked for days to make the arrests.  All of the suspects are charged with first-degree murder and are being held without bond.
The investigation is ongoing.

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