UPDATESheriff's deputies charge two suspects with Realtor's murder

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

First published online at 9:20 p.m. 5/8/2008

Updated at 1:20 p.m. 5/9/2008

On Thursday, sheriff’s deputies arrested Craig Juan Bryant, 46, 4395 Owendon Drive, Shallotte, and Lora A. Moultrie, 46, also of 4395 Owendon Drive, for the murder of Shallote Realtor Adam Bradshaw.

Bryant has been charged with murder and Moultrie has been charged with first-degree murder and felony conspiracy, according to chief deputy John Ingram.

The investigation is ongoing.

Around 5 p.m. Thursday, deputies arrested Bryant in northern New Hanover County. He is being held in the Brunswick County Detention Center under no bond.

Moultrie was arrested around 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Bryant's parents' home on Stone Chimney Road, Supply. She is also in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center under no bond.

Both suspects were expected to have a first court appearance Friday, Ingram said.

Bradshaw, a Realtor with Century 21 Home Town Realty in Shallotte, was last seen around 5 p.m. Saturday, April 26, leaving his office on Main Street.

Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause said Bradshaw was near Sunset Beach when he called his wife around 4:30 p.m. that Saturday. He was heading for an appointment in the Lakewood Estates community near Ocean Isle Beach. He apparently never made it to a property showing in Ocean Isle Beach.

Around 5:30 p.m. April 29, deputies found Bradshaw’s body in a wooded area off Watts Road.

Preliminary autopsy reports revealed Bradshaw died from a single gunshot wound.

Ingram would not say where Bradshaw was shot.

Investigators believe Bradshaw was shot between 5-6 p.m. Saturday, April 26, Ingram said.

While Ingram said he does not believe Bradshaw's murder was drug-related, he also said his murder was not "a random crime," but declined to elaborate on any relationship between the victim and the suspects.

Deputies found Bradshaw’s 2007 Ford Mustang convertible early last Thursday morning, May 1, in a wooded area near the Longwood community in the southwest part of the county.

Throughout the investigation, police were monitoring Bradshaw’s bank accounts. Around 7 p.m. Sunday, April 27, somebody tried to use Bradshaw’s debit card at a store off U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Bradshaw was originally from Harnett County and he is survived by his wife, Shannon Bass Bradshaw and a son, Grant.

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