Charles Henson, 47, of Canton has been charged with first-degree burglary accused of breaking into the home of Michael Hurst, 58, on Sonoma Road in the Bethel community of Haywood County. Another suspect intruder, William “Bill” Worley, 49, of Canton was shot to death.
Authorities said the case began as a burglary call. Hurst’s wife called 911 to report that a man was in the house trying to rob her and her husband around 11 p.m. Friday, April 17.
Deputies arrived to find that Worley had been shot to death. Henson, who had fled the scene, was tracked by officers with the help of a K-9 and arrested a short time later. Hurst, who has not been charged in the shooting, was taken into custody accused of growing marijuana in the home that detectives came to investigate.
During the investigation, detectives allegedly discovered multiple pot plants and evidence of drug sales in the Hurst home. Two firearms – a revolver and a semi-automatic pistol- were also seized from the scene as evidence.
Hurst has been charged with felony manufacturing marijuana, in addition to misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both Henson and Hurst were jailed under $100,000 bond and made their first court appearance April 22.
Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher said the investigation is ongoing. Once the full investigation wraps up, the case will be turned over to the District Attorney’s Office for consideration before a grand jury, said Christopher. He declined further comment.
Stay tuned for forthcoming details.