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Man wanted in killing of Charlotte couple turns self in

Previous mugshot of Vurnel Smith Jr, 40. (Source: Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office) Previous mugshot of Vurnel Smith Jr, 40. (Source: Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office)
Jacquline Gordon-White and Rufus Gordon (Credit: Charlotte-Mecklenburg police) Jacquline Gordon-White and Rufus Gordon (Credit: Charlotte-Mecklenburg police)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A man wanted in the killing of two people in north Charlotte turned himself in to police Tuesday.

Vurnel Smith Jr., 40, is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of 65-year-old Jacquline Gordon-White, who died at a north Charlotte home, and 69-year-old Rufus Gordon, who was later found dead in a trunk.

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Gordon-White and Gordon were Smith's wife's parents. 

According to police, in addition to two counts of murder Smith is also being charged with kidnapping, first-degree forcible rape, and assault on a female and larceny of a motor vehicle.

The warrants say the crimes were committed on July 25. 

One of the couple's grandson's told WBTV his grandparents were "full of life". He was happy to hear Smith was arrested, but said this doesn't bring his grandparents back. 

A police source told WBTV that Smith allegedly held his wife captive over days and was sexually assaulting her.

“This offers some resolution to her. Although, this is a very difficult time for her. We hope this arrest would offer some type of comfort to her,” CMPD Captain Chris Dozier said. 

Thursday morning, the woman managed to get out of the house. Police said she drove herself to the hospital and said there may be more victims at the house.

Officers say they responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call at a home in the 9000 block of Red Clay Lane around 4:40 a.m. Thursday. That's where they found Gordon-White, who was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Gordon was found dead inside the trunk of the car the wife drove to the hospital.

CMPD identified Smith as a suspect hours after the incident was reported. 

People in the community say Smith and his wife moved in a couple of months ago, and his wife's parents arrived after. 

Smith was charged with first-degree sex offense and first-degree rape in 2015, but those charges are pending. He was also convicted of driving while impaired in 1997. 

Smith is expected to appear in court Wednesday. 

Anyone with additional information on the case is asked to call 911 immediately, or detectives at 704-432-TIPS. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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