CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. -- (WSOC) -- Deputies have charged 16-year-old Lennon Henderson with murder after they found a man dead inside a burning home in Newton over the weekend.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Department determined that Wesley Bruner, 40, was killed from a gunshot wound.
Investigators believe Henderson knew Bruner and was attempting to rob him.
They believe the fire was set to cover up the homicide.
The fire broke out Saturday at a home along Business 321, just north of Maiden.
Firefighters found signs of a possible break-in and a container for flammable liquid inside the home.
"We believe someone set the fire once they shot him,” Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid. “We know he did have a large amount of cash that he had come into, and we haven't been able to find that."