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Double homicide suspect found in Watauga PDF Print
Thursday, 06 December 2007 04:36

Watauga County deputies apprehended a double homicide suspect from Yadkin County this week.

Deputies received a call on December 4 telling them to be on the look out for a white Chevrolet Venture Van, last seen in Wilkes County, traveling toward Watauga and Ashe counties. The van was spotted on Highway 421 South near Hardin Road in Watauga County. Officers stopped the vehicle near the traffic light and were able to apprehend the suspect without incident.

That suspect, Robert Lane Main, was discovered in possession of a 12-gauge shotgun. Main was held in Watauga until detectives from Yadkin County processed him for transport back to Yadkin.

Main is accused of shooting his wife, 47-year-old Linda Kathleen Main, Monday night while she was asleep, then breaking into his neighbor’s house and shooting 40-year-old Mitchell Todd Stimpson while he was sleeping on his couch. Main faces several charges in Yadkin County, including two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree burglary. Stimpson’s body was discovered by his 13-year-old daughter.

Deputies say Main has emotional and mental problems and recently sought psychiatric help but had no health insurance. A motive for the shootings is not yet known, but Main did have a prior dispute with Stimpson over Main’s chickens running loose on his property.

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