By RICK CURL
Of The Record Staff
Another layer in the mystery of a missing Florida man was peeled back Wednesday afternoon in Johnston County Superior Court.
Assistant district attorney Paul Jackson told Superior Court Judge Kendra Hill the state believes Mr. Thomas was murdered the night of his disappearance.
The statement came during the first of two bond reduction hearings for suspects Jeremy Carpenter and Anthony James.
Both are charged with obstruction of justice and failing to report or concealing a death. Both are lower class felonies.
“I’m asking the court to look beyond the class of charges, because these charges arise out of extraordinary and tragic circumstances,” Mr. Jackson said. “The involve what the states believe to be the murder of Cole Thomas.”