Newlyweds die in apparent murder-suicide

Capt. David Nobles removing crime scene tape on Spivey Road Monday afternoon. (Deuce Niven photo)


By DEUCE NIVEN

    Bodies of a newlywed couple were found inside their bedroom Monday morning in an apparent case of murder-suicide, Capt. David Nobles of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office said.
    Robert Hewett, 45, and Farrah Faith Prince, 36, were pronounced dead inside their Spivey Road home east of Tabor City, Nobles said.
    Investigators believe Robert Hewett stabbed his wife numerous times with a knife, all over her body, and then fired a handgun into his head, Nobles said.
    Mrs. Hewett’s sons, ages 17, 10 and 9, went to the master bedroom door, in the rear of the modular home, Monday morning but were unable to get inside or get any response. Deputies were dispatched to a “domestic with weapons” call, a Sheriff’s Office news release issued late Monday afternoon said.
    SWAT Team members eventually made entry, and found the bodies in the bedroom, said Maj. Lewis Hatcher.
    Family members said the couple had been married just a short time. about 45 days, Nobles said, though they had lived together for about a year.
    Funeral arrangements for both Prince and Hewett were made Tuesday. Obituary information for Prince can be found here, and for Hewett, here.
    Look for more on this story in the Oct. 2 Tabor-Loris Tribune print edition.
    This story contains information updated Tuesday.

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