Arrest made in 2020 murder of Pinehurst veteran

A Laurinburg man has been charged in the murders of a Pinehurst veteran and a soldier whose bodies were discovered on Fort Liberty in 2020.

Friday, U.S. Attorney Michael Easley announced in a press release charges relating to murder, drugs, firearms, and obstruction for Kenneth Quick, Jr.

A federal grand jury indicted Quick on Aug. 1, and that indictment was unsealed at his initial appearance on Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kimberly Swank in Greenville.

“The charges are related to the slayings of Master Sgt. William LaVigne II, 37, and Army veteran Timothy Dumas Sr., 44 — identified in the federal indictment by their initials,” said the Fayetteville Observer on Aug. 25.

Arrest made in 2020 murder of a Pinehurst veteran

Master Sgt. William J. Lavigne II. Photo by ArmyTimes.

Dumas previously served at Fort Liberty and lived in Pinehurst, and LaVigne II was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, it is alleged that Quick committed first-degree murder by shooting a victim on Fort Liberty (formerly Fort Bragg) on Dec. 1, 2020. In addition, it is alleged Quick used a firearm to murder a second victim that same day. The murder of the second victim was in relation to a separate charge for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Quick is also alleged to have been a felon at the time of these offenses and knowingly possessed ammunition. Finally, Quick is alleged to have obstructed justice by attempting to dispose of the body of one of the victims. Quick is currently serving 57 months in federal prison for an unrelated conviction.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of the Army Criminal Investigation Division.

Easley commended the focus and dedication of the investigating agencies that allowed these charges to be brought. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brad DeVoe and Caroline Webb are prosecuting the case.

Feature photo: Timothy Dumas Sr./Photo provided by FBI.

To read the information regarding the discovery of the bodies, please click the below link/picture.

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