A teen has been accused of killing a man who was found in a burned home. The teen has been identified as Lennon Riley Henderson, 16-years.
The man’s home is located in Newton. The 16-year-old was arrested on Wednesday after the Saturday incident.
The police authorities believe Lennon Riley Henderson of Newton shot 40-year-old Harry Lewis Bruner Jr. and then set his home on fire as a coverup.
The man was found in the burned home on U.S. 321 in Newton around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, authorities said.
The somber scene where the incident took place has a tattered American flag that keeps vigil outside the veteran's home. The look of Charred walls. Melted furniture. Silent, but for the hum of passing cars and light rain.
The 40-year-old was shot to death before the house went up in flames. However, no guns or cash were found inside. The sheriff said robbery could be a possible motive.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office upgraded the case to a homicide investigation on Monday when it was determined that Bruner had died from a gunshot wound, and not the fire.
Reports from the sheriff’s office indicate that Henderson was attempting to rob Bruner. Henderson was charged with murder and had a court appearance Wednesday.