LUMBERTON — A woman recently charged with murder is among four people arrested in connection with two fires set at a home in Red Springs and another in Rowland earlier this year, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Lt. Brian Duckworth, arson investigator, Carol Lynn Anders allegedly hired her boyfriend at the time, Charles William Christie, her daughter, Farol Nicole Anders, and an acquaintance, Lextrina Carter, to set the three fires, two of which occurred on N.C. 211 in Red Springs and the third on Belyn Road in Rowland.
The first blaze was set on Jan. 26 at the Red Springs home, where a couple and a child live. That home was set on fire again at about midnight two days later by some of the same people and on Feb. 1, the Belyn Road home was set on fire just before sunrise while an adult female was at home, Duckworth said.
About $1,000 worth of damage was done to the Red Springs home and $5,000 to the Rowland home and personal items inside, Duckworth said.
The names of the victims are being withheld, Duckworth said, because the fires were set as an act of retaliation.
Carol Anders, 53, was arrested June 12 and charged with three counts of first-degree arson, three counts of conspiracy to commit arson, one count of solicitation to commit arson and injury to personal property.
Anders was initially arrested in March and charged with murdering her husband, Forace Oxendine, in 2013. At the same time, she was charged with insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, attempting to obtain property by false pretenses and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses, but Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey has declined to elaborate on those charges.
She is being held without bond for the murder charge and under a $150,000 bond for charges related to the fires.
Christie, 48, was arrested on June 12 and charged with three counts of first-degree arson, three counts of conspiracy to commit arson and one count of injury to personal property. His bond is set at $150,000. Christie was previously arrested in May after stabbing a Pembroke police officer who was trying to arrest him for being intoxicated and disruptive.
Farol Anders, 18, was arrested on June 27 and charged with two counts of first-degree arson, two counts of conspiracy to commit arson and injury to personal property. She was jailed under a $30,000 bond.
Christie, Farol Anders and Carol Anders live on Price Road in Fairmont.
Carter, 30, of Bruce Lane, Lumberton, is charged with three counts of first-degree arson, three counts of conspiracy to commit arson and one count of injury to personal property. She was jailed June 19 under a $150,000 bond.