Murder suspect in Sampson, charged

By: By Chris Berendt -

Nearly two years after a 24-year-old woman was murdered, another woman has now officially been charged in the crime.

Felicia Marie “Flip” Barnes, 38, of 809 E. Rhoten St., Jefferson St., Tenn., was extradited back to Sampson County Tuesday and served the warrant for her arrest on a charge of murder, issued Jan. 20, in the death of Danielle Alicia Chance, 24.

Barnes was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center without privilege of bond and issued a court date of Feb. 26.

Chance was reportedly shot Feb. 16, 2014, after an altercation with Barnes. Authorities said Barnes, with assistance from Betty West, 24, of Angier, attempted to destroy Chance’s remains following the alleged murder.

It was not until Jan. 12, 2016, that the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a potential homicide that had never been reported in northwestern Sampson. Investigators from the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office had received the information and relayed it to Sampson authorities.

Investigators were told that Chance “was shot as the result of an altercation with Barnes, who then obtained the help of West in an attempt to cover up the crime.” Human remains were discovered during a search of an undisclosed location, confirming information provided to authorities.

Sheriff’s investigators and agents with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation determined that the primary suspect, Barnes, had moved to Jefferson City, Tenn. Investigators traveled to Tennessee last month and interviewed the suspect with the assistance of the Jefferson City Police Department. That interview revealed the location of additional human remains believed to be those of Chance, as well as the firearm used to commit the murder, authorities said.

West stands charged with accessory to murder and was placed under $200,000 bond following her arrest last month.

Investigators were still processing areas in the county for additional evidence and remains last week, a process they said was “time-consuming due to the age of the case and the dispersion of the remains.”

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By Chris Berendt


Reach Managing Editor Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.