State will seek death for English

September 24, 2013

LAURINBURG — The state will seek the death penalty against a Laurel Hill man accused of stabbing his wife and father-in-law to death last year.

Michael Parker, an assistant district attorney for Scotland County, filed on Tuesday the state’s intent to seek the death penalty for 45-year-old Steven Craig English.

English faces two charges of first degree murder and one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon in the stabbing death of Tammy Wright, 48, and her 77-year-old father Arthur Wright.

Parker cited “at least one aggravating circumstance” present in the case.

According to previous reports, Tammy and Author had suffered multiple stab wounds and the murder weapon — a butcher knife — was found inside the Omah Road home they shared with English.

English disappeared on March 14, 2012, after the two were found dead, and turned himself in at a Wagram convenience store the following July.

According to the North Carolina Department of Corrections, English is a convicted felon, whose previous charges include assault on a female, communicating threats, drug possession, forgery, receiving stolen property, DWI and driving while license revoked. His last period of incarceration ended in October 2007.