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Guilty plea gets life sentences

December 6, 2010

Joanne and Jerry Bullin

A Charlotte man pleaded guilty to murdering a Conover couple.
Frederick Sylvester Hedgepeth, 25, pleaded guilty to the murder of Jerry Bullin, 72, and his wife, Joanne, 70, on Monday. He was sentenced to two life sentences for the murders.
Earlier this year, Hedgepeth was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon involving the couple's deaths.
According to officials, the Bullins drove from their Conover home to Salisbury on June 2 to show Hedgepeth a 2009 Honda Accord that he wanted to purchase from the couple.
The sheriff says Hedgepeth robbed and shot the Bullins, then hid their bodies inside Ingram Motorsports located at 350 Auction Drive in Salisbury.
Alyssa Carolina Watts, 20, of Charlotte and Hedgepeth's girlfriend, was also indicted on two counts of accessory after the fact of murder.
The Bullins, who were long-time residents of Conover, lived at the Rock Barn Golf and Spa community.

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