Police Make Arrest in Bullock Homicide
Moore County Sheriff's officials and Southern Pines Police have charged a 32-year-old Eagle Springs man in connection with the June slaying of Southern Pines resident Lance Bullock.
Authorities say Ricky Joe Harvel, of 175 Eagle Branch Road, is in the Moore County Detention Center in Carthage. An initial court date is scheduled for Aug. 9. He is charged with one count of murder and two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. The two firearms charges carry a $50,000 bond, but there is no bond on the murder charge.
Police say the FBI assisted in the investigation.
Bullock, 34, was found in a remote quarry in the Glendon area of Moore County on June 26. Three days later, authorities confirmed Bullock had died of gunshot wounds.
Bullock’s family reported him missing on June 18 after he failed to show up for a family dinner to celebrate Father’s Day.
Prior to finding Bullock, authorities located his black Honda two-door coupe near Deep River Park in Sanford, just inside the Lee County line. The location of the vehicle was about five miles from where the body was found, authorities said.
Earlier this month, Harvel was charged with one count of felony possession of firearm by felon, one count of maintain vehicle/dwelling/place for control substance, possession with intent to sell and distribute marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a release from the department.
During an investigation of Harvel, it was determined that he was wanted in the state of Indiana for violation of probation on an aggravated assault charge in 1999. Harvel has been charged by the Moore County Sheriff’s Office as a fugitive from justice in Indiana.
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