Caught: Escaped murderer back behind bars

Kristopher McNeil

Kristopher McNeil

Staff report

POLKTON — Law enforcement authorities across the region are on the lookout for escaped murder convict Kristopher McNeil.

McNeil allegdly scaled a fence early Saturday morning and escaped from Brown Creek Correctional Institution’s Minimum Unit in Polkton.

McNeil was convicted in October 2009 and sentenced to service between 11 and 14 years for the second-degree murder. He was scheduled for release in 2018.

According to a Winston-Salem Journal report, McNeil was initially charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lancelot “Bobby” Muir, 44. Muir’s body was found along Peters Creek in Forsyth County in 2007. Muir was shot to death. McNeil pleaded guilty in 2009 to second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Update: Several residents recognized McNeil from media reports and called law enforcement. McNeil was arrested at about 11 p.m. Sunday while walking along old Highway 53 near Hickory Tree Road, near the Davidson and Forsyth county border.

McNeil will be transported to Central Prison in Raleigh.

“We appreciate the many law enforcement agencies working closely by the department’s side working to get McNeil back in custody,” said George Solomon, director of prisons. “We are especially grateful to the citizens who called in tips and anyone who aided in his capture without anyone getting hurt.”

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