Six people were arrested this week for the Nov. 22 home invasion murder of Anthony Wayne Giles of Lee County. One of men arrested, 58-year-old Wilbert Verndell Bruton (a neighbor of Giles), was actually interviewed as a “friend of victim” in the story WRAL aired on Nov. 23. He appears two minutes into the story above.
“I can’t believe he’s gone,” Bruton told WRAL on camera. “My wife told y’all all about it. That’s what he’s about. He’d do anything for anybody.”
His wife, Deborah Bruton, told WRAL her husband worked for Giles for seven years. She gave a tearful plea on camera asking for fast justice for Giles’ murder.
Giles was killed by a man carrying an assault rifle in his home on Hickory Nut Court, according to published reports. The shooter allegedly announced himself as a sheriff or sheriff’s deputy and demanded money.
In addition to Bruton, five others have been arrested — Phillip Howard Fortune, Akil Mathew McAden, Jessica McCoy, Franklin Deon Dorsett and Travis Jamarion McLean.