Suspect in Bancroft Murder Case Cops Plea to Accessory Charge

WEST POINT – A Pender woman will be sentenced this spring after pleading guilty to a charge related to the murder of a Bancroft man.

Fourty-two year old Becky Weitzenkamp pleaded guilty to a felony accessory charge in Cuming County District Court earlier this month. In return, prosecutors dropped an arson charge.

Weitzenkamp is alleged by authorities to have purchased lighter fluid that was later used to set the home of 64-year old Ernest Warnock on fire last March. She faces up to 20 years in prison when she’s sentenced on June 5th.

Weitzenkamp’s husband, Derek Olson, and Derek’s son Jody are both facing murder charges related to Warnock’s stabbing death. They are each slated to go on trial later this year. A fourth suspect, 31-year old Jenna Merrill of Oakland, has pleaded not guilty to a separate accessory charge. Her trial is scheduled to begin this May.

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