LUMBERTON — Moments before going to the home where he would be shot to death, 24-year-old Darrell Lee Thompson told his brother everything was all right.
Thompson was killed Friday just before noon at a home on N.C. 211 near Allenton Road. Jamie Maurice Bostic, 33, has been charged with second-degree murder in Thompson’s death.
The shooting drew a crowd of spectators around the home and many neighbors posted their thoughts about what had happened on Facebook. Some posts said Thompson was at the home to give Lynette Cade, who he had previously dated, a Valentine’s gift when Bostic, her off-and-on boyfriend, showed up.
But Marvin Thompson, 26, says that’s not what happened before his brother was shot. According to his account, Cade picked up Darrell Thompson and took him to her house at about 10:30 on Friday morning, possibly in an attempt to renew their relationship.
“She just popped out of the blue and came over on Valentine’s Day,” Marvin Thompson said.
Thompson said his brother had just gotten out of prison in Kentucky on Feb. 3 and had dated Cade for about nine months before that.
“He didn’t have any money, he wasn’t giving her a gift,” he said.
Marvin Thompson said his brother talked to Cade outside his house in the Eaglewood Mobile Home Park before leaving and that he didn’t suspect any violence was about to occur. Thompson said he asked his brother if he wanted him to come along, but Darrell Thompson said he was “all right.”
Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said Bostic had been in and out of the Cade house that morning.
After the shooting, Bostic fled and later turned himself in to Lumberton police. Thompson’s body was found in the front yard of the home.
“She must have told him she kicked [Bostic] out,” Marvin Thompson said, adding that his brother and Bostic knew each other before either got involved with Cade.
Bostic has been placed at the Robeson County Detention Center under a $250,000 bond.
Sealey said Bostic previously lived at the house where the shooting took place, but that it was not his current address. He previously spent about a year in jail after being convicted of drug crimes.
“I think they should have charged her (Cade) too,” Marvin Thompson said. “She came to our house that morning and picked him up … and that’s the day he was killed.”