Rockingham police investigate man’s death; not yet labeled homicide

By: By William R. Toler - Editor
Daily Journal file photo Rockingham police are investigating the death of a man with apparent knife wounds, though they have not yet labeled the case a homicide.

ROCKINGHAM — Police are investigating the death of a man inside city limits.

Investigators with the Rockingham Police Department say 35-year-old Lacy Morgan died early Thursday morning “of wounds that he sustained in an incident …”

Morgan’s body had wounds “consistent with a knife” that are believed to be the cause of death, but investigators say “that cannot be confirmed until an autopsy report is released.”

A suspect has been questioned but no arrests have been made.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is assisting the department with the case.

No other information — including where and when the incident occurred — was made available by the department Thursday and the incident report was not yet ready for public release.

Police say Morgan’s death is currently not being labeled as a homicide. If eventually deemed a homicide, it would be the second for the city this year.

Lanetta Peguese is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting and killing 58-year-old Michael Jeffrey Marble of Anson County in mid-March.

A 911 caller described finding Marble at a home on Gore Drive with “a pool of blood all around him.”

Peguese is also facing misdemeanor charges of resisting a public officer, communicating threats, assault on a government official or employee and discharging a firearm in city limits, according to online court records. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 4.

She is still being held in the Richmond County Jail without bond on the murder charge and has a $5,000 bond on the misdemeanor charge.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Daily Journal file photo Rockingham police are investigating the death of a man with apparent knife wounds, though they have not yet labeled the case a homicide.
https://www.yourdailyjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_rpdcarnight.jpgDaily Journal file photo Rockingham police are investigating the death of a man with apparent knife wounds, though they have not yet labeled the case a homicide.

By William R. Toler

Editor