Police in Alexander County, North Carolina Find People Burying Body, Make Arrests

March 9, 2016 Updated: March 9, 2016

Police in North Carolina found two people trying to bury a body and arrested them.

A neighbor noticed a suspicious-looking man and woman in a stuck vehicle near an abandoned home in the Ellendale community in Alexander County, and called police.

I never wanted to fight my uncle but he came in and came at me with his knife.
— Tony Hearne

Tony Hearne, the man who was arrested on Wednesday, told WSOC-TV that he killed in his uncle Tico Hearne in self-defense. 

“I never wanted to fight my uncle but he came in and came at me with his knife. So we were fighting and I tried to defend myself. He was choking me and I was choking him,” Tony Hearne said.

The plan to bury the body unraveled when their car got stuck and a local resident called police.

The body was found after deputies followed drag marks in the leaves. The body was covered with leaves and a couple of tires along with some wood. 

Hearne, 53, of Macklenburg County, was with Linsby Lentz, 33, of Albemarle, reported WCNC.

They were both charged with first-degree murder.