Cain Guilty of Landreth Murder

Timothy Ray Cain (CCSO)
Timothy Ray Cain (CCSO)

Timothy Ray Cain II was found guilty this morning for the 2021 murder of Jacqueline “Lynn” Landreth of Clarkton.

Cain was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole by Superior Court Judge Paul Holcombe. The jury was given instructions and sent back Monday, returning this morning (Tuesday) to spend just over an hour in deliberation.

Timothy Ray Cain (CCSO)
Jacqueline “Lynn” Landreth

Cain’s co-defendant, Jamal Green, is scheduled to be tried in March. Amanda Williamson of Cerro Gordo was charged as an accessory for allegedly allowing Green and Cain to hide evidence at her home, and helping the men evade law enforcement. She testified against Cain, District Attorney Jon David said, and will be tried at a later date.

Landreth disappeared Feb. 8, 2021, after leaving her Rosindale Road home in the Clarkton area. Her sister reported her missing.

Law enforcement and volunteers from Bladen and Columbus searched for days before the woman’s body was found Feb. 24, 2021. Investigators said information developed during the search led to her body. She had been shot in the head, and her throat slashed twice, David said.

Cain and Green were arrested Feb. 24, 2021.

Paul Rockenbach, then a detective with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, led the homicide investigation.

Shirley Smircic prosecuted the case for the state. Cain was defended by J.B. Lee.

Cain and three co-defendents are awaiting trial for the 2022 assault of Joshua Johnson Ibn the county detention center. That case is the subject of a civil case against the county. Johnson survived the attack, but spent months in the hospital and sustained lifelong injuries.

Michael Lance, Darius Washington, Kwanaine Bellamy, and Cain were charged with attempted murder in that case, which was caught on security cameras.

  • The sidewalk project currently underway in Whiteville is federally funded and being managed by the NCDOT.
    Business

    City to Receive Major Wastewater Grant

    Whiteville will receive $6.8 million for the replacement and rehabilitation of part of the sewer system, and upgrades at several lift stations, Gov. Roy Cooper announced today (Wednesday). The grant includes $1.5 million in principal [Read More]
  • Front Page

    Youth Martial Arts Orientation Today

    Sheepdog Foundation will hold an orientation for its  traditional youth martial arts today (Wednesday) from 5-7 p.m. at the Whiteville Recreation Center.
  • Courtesy USDA
    Business

    Second Turkey Flock Tests for HPAI

    A commercial turkey operation in Duplin County has tested positive for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). This is the second case of high path avian influenza in commercial poultry in North Carolina this month. “I [Read More]
  • gavel. court. judge
    Front Page

    Bladen Man Pleads in Tar Heel Murder

    David Earl Wilkins will spend 35 to 43 years in prison for the 2022 murder of a Tar Heel area man. District Attorney Jon David said Wilkins pled guilty Monday in Bladen County Superior Court. [Read More]
  • James Kirk Harrelson
    Front Page

    Alleged Rapist Tied, Gagged Child

    A Delco girl was allegedly bound and gagged before being raped by a Winnabow man, according to the sheriff’s office and warrants. James Kirk Harrelson, 39, is being held under $150,000 secured bond on two [Read More]
About Jefferson Weaver 1875 Articles
Jefferson Weaver is the Managing Editor of Columbus County News and he can be reached at (910) 914-6056, (910) 632-4965, or by email at jeffersonweaver@ColumbusCountyNews.com.