Maxton man charged in Clinton killing

Arrested after traffic stop by Laurinburg police

By Beth Lawrence -


LAURINBURG –A Maxton man is in custody on first-degree murder in the death of a Sampson County woman.

Steven Munley, 40, of 916 W. Martin Luther King Drive, was charged in the crime on Wednesday. He was arrested by Laurinburg police after a traffic stop on Tuesday at 11:30 p.m. on Fairmont Street, according to Assistant Chief of Police Cliff Sessoms. He has been turned over to the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office.

Munley is accused of killing 63-year-old Gladys Bradshaw of Clinton, according to Capt. Eric Pope with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office.

According to authorities, around 4:50 p.m. Monday, deputies with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office responded to 546 Potato House Road, Clinton, regarding a “suspicious death.” Deputies discovered Bradshaw dead in her home, authorities said.

On Tuesday, a preliminary report from the Sampson County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death as a homicide.

Pope said Munley accessed the victim’s financial information.

“Detectives discovered financial transactions completed using the victim’s information that occurred after the death,” Pope said. “A person of interest was quickly identified and located in Laurinburg on April 11.”

Officials said the investigation is ongoing and declined to release more information about the case.

Bradshaw worked at Lundy Packing Company/Smithfield Packing Company for nearly 40 years, according to her obituary.

Munley is being held in the Sampson County Detention Center without bond.

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Munley has a long list of convictions in Scotland, Robeson, Cumberland and Hoke counties over the years. The convictions include felony assault, assault on a female, numerous felony breaking and entering and larceny offenses, breaking and entering into a house of worship, driving while impaired, possession of firearm by felon and possession of stolen goods, court records show.

Arrested after traffic stop by Laurinburg police

By Beth Lawrence

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