Double murder suspect accepts plea

Published 10:25 am Thursday, August 19, 2010

WINTON – William Curtis Futrell accepted a plea arrangement to two counts of first degree murder here this morning (Thursday) during scheduled proceedings at Hertford County Superior Court.

Futrell, of Franklin, Va., was accused of murdering Dorothy Hobbs, 74, and her 71-year-old sister Nellie Bradley, both of Emporia, Va., on Aug. 4, 2006. Their lifeless bodies were discovered at 7:38 p.m. on that day by an unidentified Murfreesboro resident in a wooded area along a farm path less than one mile north of town off Vaughan’s Creek Road.

An autopsy later revealed the two sisters died of stab wounds.

Futrell was arrested in November of 2008 following an exhaustive investigation led by the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office.

The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald has a reporter at the Hertford County Courthouse covering this breaking news. Additional information will be published online as it becomes available.