Dunn man indicted in old murder

By EMILY WEAVER
Managing editor
Posted 8/16/22

A Dunn man, finishing up a sentence in federal prison on a weapons charge, was recently indicted on a count of murder in the 10-year-old slaying of a Rose Hill man.

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A Dunn man, finishing up a sentence in federal prison on a weapons charge, was recently indicted on a count of murder in the 10-year-old slaying of a Rose Hill man.

Glen Allen Stewart Jr., 32, has been in and out of prison for robbery, gun and drug convictions since 2007. In 2015, he was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a felon across state lines. He was due for release on Christmas Eve when a Sampson County Grand Jury indicted him on murder.

Discovery

Sampson County employees were mowing grass along Brewer Road on the morning of July 19, 2012, when they stumbled on the body of Kim Douglass McKoy Jr.

The 25-year-old father of two was found lifeless in a roadside ditch with multiple gunshot wounds to his head and chest.

Stewart was 22 at the time of the murder and had just finished a term in state prison for possessing a firearm as a felon when he was released from custody three months before McKoy’s death.

Stewart was identified as a person of interest in the investigation, but detectives lacked enough evidence to charge him at the time, according to a May release from the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office.

“Investigators continued to pursue leads and look for new evidence,” said Lt. Marcus Smith.

The hours turned into weeks and months and years without closure to the case until last year.

A second look

On Sept. 10, 2021, investigators with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office met with District Attorney Ernie Lee to review the evidence again. Lee determined there was enough cause to take the case to the grand jury.

The grand jury returned a true bill of indictment against Stewart.

In addition to murder, Stewart faces another charge of possessing a firearm as a felon and habitual felon status after two prior state convictions of weapon possessions.

“The Sampson County Sheriff’s Office hopes the arrest of Stewart helps to provide some closure to the McKoy family after a long awaited 10 years,” Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said. “This is an example of how justice prevails through determination and teamwork.”

Stewart had his first appearance on the charges in a Sampson County court on May 3. He pleaded not guilty.

A judge issued Stewart be held under a $500,000 secured bond and ordered him to electronic house arrest in the event bail is posted after his release from federal custody.

Federal case

A jury found Stewart guilty of possessing a firearm and ammunition as a felon on Oct. 16, 2014. He appealed the conviction months later. The appeal was denied on Oct. 13, 2015.

Police officers reported stopping a vehicle Stewart was driving and noticing a “loaded Colt, Mark IV, .45 caliber firearm with an extended magazine” in the center console, according to trial summaries from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the appellate court’s 2015 ruling.

An officer testified the gun “was within inches of Stewart’s body –– and that Stewart glanced toward the gun and began to move his hand toward it after the officer directed Stewart to raise his hands,” according to the appellate court.

A 2015 release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of North Carolina reports Stewart tried to flee the stop, but was apprehended and officers found “an additional magazine and 58 rounds of ammunition” in the car he was driving.

Stewart was also found in possession of “several rounds of ammunition” in a traffic stop in Florida, according to the appellate court’s review of the case.

Stewart is currently housed in a medium security prison in Bennettsville, South Carolina.

Robert Jordan contributed to this report. Emily Weaver can be reached at eweaver@mydailyrecord.com or at 910-230-2028. 

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