In Autryville, North Carolina, a shocking confession at a local church led to a murder charge for a woman on Sunday night. Samantha Haines, 31, arrived at the Mount Carmel Church of God of Prophecy in a red Ford Mustang, seeking help and admitting to potentially causing a person’s death.
The Sampson County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to the situation at the church around 11 p.m. Haines, appearing distressed and covered in blood, had approached Bryan Strickland, the church’s pastor, as he was closing up for the night. She asked him to call 911, confessing that she believed she had harmed someone.
Haines remained at the church, cooperating with the arriving deputies. Investigators surmise that she had been driving around, seeking assistance, and had chosen the church due to the presence of cars in the parking lot.
Following her confession, Haines guided the deputies to a house several miles away, where they discovered the body of 32-year-old Daniel Faircloth. The car Haines had driven to the church was registered to Faircloth, who was found dead outside his home.
Haines was subsequently charged with Faircloth’s murder and appeared in court on Monday. She is currently being held without bond at the Sampson County Detention Center.
Faircloth’s family and friends, who gathered at his home, were shocked by the news. They were unaware of any connection between Haines and Faircloth other than being friends on Facebook. They believe that Haines, who they think was homeless, was living rent-free at Faircloth’s home.
Authorities confirmed that Faircloth had been stabbed to death. The investigation into the circumstances leading to this tragic incident is ongoing.