RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The man charged with killing a print shop employee at a North Carolina community college says he's a neo-Nazi who hates gay people.
Kenneth Morgan Stancil III told Raleigh's WRAL-TV (http://bit.ly/1COjJDA) he killed Ron Lane earlier this week because Lane had made sexual advances to Stancil's 16-year-old brother. Lane's cousin, Steven Smith, told that TV station that Lane never made sexual advances toward children or anyone he worked with.
During an appearance in a Goldsboro, North Carolina, courtroom Thursday to face a pending murder charge, Stancil again accused the victim, who was gay, of improperly approaching minors.
Superior Court Judge Arnold O. Jones II told Stancil he could face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.
"I know that. But I knew what I had to do, and I knew when I got caught, I knew in my mind I could get life, I could get the death penalty," Stancil said, punctuating his response with an expletive. Jones told him to watch his language and when Stancil repeated the word the judge ordered law officers to hustle him from the courtroom.
Stancil returned several minutes later and was much more subdued, answering "Yes, sir" and "OK" to the judge.
In a telephone interview Wednesday from a Daytona Beach, Florida, jail, Stancil said Lane tried to take advantage of his brother.
"He ain't physically touched him, but he was in the proposal to try to and I wasn't going to let that happen," Stancil said.
Stancil said Lane was looking for Stancil on Facebook and found his brother. A Goldsboro police spokesman did not return a phone message Thursday about that allegation. There were no criminal complaints filed by Stancil family members with either the Wayne County sheriff or Goldsboro police, Wayne County investigations clerk Ellen Grice said. There were no workplace complaints filed against Lane, Wayne Community College human resources director Ina Rawlinson said.
Stancil said he has no regrets about the shooting.
"I did what I did, and I've got to live with it. If I get life, I just get life. I'm a murderer, you know, what the hell do I got to care? I don't give a damn if I go back to society."
Stancil said he is a neo-Nazi who is concerned about the future of white children.
"I try to look out for my fellow white people," he said. "I don't believe in race mixing."
He was asked if he hates gays.
"Yes, I do, with a passion," he replied, though he said that was only one of the reasons he killed Lane, who had been his supervisor in a work study program at the college before Stancil was fired for absenteeism.
Lane was shy, loving, energetic and dedicated to his family and friends, Smith said.
"Yes, Ron was gay. But people need to get over it," Smith said.
Stancil also told the television station he had killed three other people, including two in the Wayne County area. But the sheriff's department told the station it has no report of any unsolved homicides that match Stancil's account.