Baldwin pleads in vehicle death

A Columbus County man will serve 132 to 171 months in prison for killing a motorcycle rider in Farmers Union.

The defendant, Frances Baldwin, in the driving while impaired death of a motorcyclist pleaded guilty to second degree murder Monday.

The District Attorney’s office announced that Frances Baldwin pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death of Michael Evans Campbell.

The fatality occurred May 31, 2015. Investigators said Baldwin turned his pickup in front of Campbell’s motorcycle near the Farmers Union Store, causing the crash.   It was determined that Baldwin was driving while impaired with a blood alcohol level of 0.14.

Trooper K.K. Conner of the N.C. State Highway Patrol lead the investigation.


Campbell’s wife and children spoke after the plea was entered.  They expressed sorrow for their loss and after a poem was read,  they asked for an end to drinking and driving.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Allan R. Adams.