LUMBERTON — A Lumberton man who had been missing for a week was found shot dead in a Fifth Street auto shop on Monday after the shop owner admitted to killing the man during an argument over rent money, according to Lumberton police.
Hilton Oxendine Jr., 62, of Lumberton, was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Clarence Stephen Maynor, 63, according to Lumberton police Capt. Johnny Barnes. Oxendine was placed in the Robeson County jail without bond.
Oxendine told police that Maynor came to his shop, West Fifth Street Tire & Auto, on Feb. 20.
“They got into an argument over money and the lease, the argument turned to a shoving match, and Oxendine grabbed a handgun that he had there and shot him,” Barnes said. “… After he shot him, he left the body laying there right where he fell.”
Maynor was shot “more than once” in the “mid-section,” according to Barnes.
According to Barnes, Oxendine went to the Sheriff’s Office on Monday and told Maj. Howard Branch that Stephen Maynor’s body was inside the Fifth Street garage.
Maynor’s black 2007 Chevrolet Corvette was found parked inside the garage, Barnes said. A handgun was recovered at the scene, he said.
Maynor, who lived at Ocean Isle Beach but also maintained a home on Sherwood Road in Lumberton, was reported missing on Thursday by a co-worker. The co-worker had last spoken to Maynor on Feb. 20, doing so by telephone, according to Branch.