North Carolina deputies: Man and woman tried to bury uncle

Toni Hearne and Linsey Marie Lentz. (images courtesy Alexander County Sheriff's Office)

Two people have been arrested after they were allegedly caught in the act of trying to dispose of a body near Taylorsville, North Carolina.

The Alexander County Sheriff's Office told WSOC-TV that 51-year-old Toni Hearne of Charlotte and 33-year-old Linsey Marie Lentz of Albemarle are charged with murder and failure to report a death.

Hearne told WSOC that he choked his uncle Robert Adama Hearne Jr. in self defense.

"We brought him up here. I just panicked to hide him. I didn't know what to do," Tony Hearne told WSOC.

The two were caught when Sheriff's deputies and Taylorsville police responded to a suspicious car near N.C. Highway 90 on Wednesday.

Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman said a deputy found Hearne and Lentz stuck in a vehicle behind an abandoned home. Officers tracked a trail from the car to the body.

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