Second Man Arrested in 2007 Murder

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A second man was arrested on Monday in connection with the 2007 murder of a 75-year-old man.
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concerned citizen

Nashville, NC

#1 Oct 15, 2010
I don't know how a cold blooded killer that could beat an old man in the head with a blunt object could get a chance to be free again especially before he even goes to trial. I for one do not feel safe with the thought of Jonathan Heath Simmons being free.
bre bumgarner

Kernersville, NC

#2 Oct 29, 2010
im daughter of the accused Derek Bumgarner. And i know that Johnathan Simmons is caple of a vicious crime such as this. Its not fair to my father to be held, with no evidence against him
mitch macmahan

United States

#3 Jul 21, 2011
I was in the same pod as johnathan simmons.i think he is guilty.every time you turned around he was changing his story.he acted crazy in jail.
jamie richardson

United States

#4 Jul 21, 2011
I spent some time in jail with johnathan simmons.he told me his version of what happend.i personally think he is guilty because the way he acted in jail.he is playing a game sitting in jail saying he is innocent.he has got every one fooled even the guards.he is now a christian so he says. but his actions tell a different story.121
bre bumgarner

Asheboro, NC

#5 Feb 25, 2012
its been seventeen months now and still my father is being held without reason.. what the hell is wrong with our justice system??
myself

Asheboro, NC

#6 Apr 3, 2012
NOT GUILTY
justice

Asheboro, NC

#7 Apr 4, 2012
Sadly these cases are tried by evidence.There must be doubt or lack of evidence against Johnathon for Him to go from fighting the death penalty to walking our streets.Derick was arrested 3yrs after the fact,so some evidence is against Him.Police and most people have a bad habit of thinking they know everything and they forget that they wasnt there.That is why so many cases have been over turned setting innocent men free.This case is circumstantial,God will only know what really happened.
Still Laughin

Micro, NC

#8 Apr 25, 2012
I was locked up with both Derek and Jonathan.....I don't think Derek is capable of doing this, I know him & his daughter and he doesn't strike me as the type of person that would do something like this, but honestly you never know. Look at Ted Bundy and all of those guys, you would've never thought.

Jonathan on the other hand is kind of a nut job, he was always talking about how it's bullshit he's in there, that he just borrowed the truck and they found his prints and that's why he's in there. He's a 'born again' Christian, I wonder if he is still the full fledged Christian he was in jail now that he's out? I doubt it. The guards, the preachers, the inmates, he had them all fooled, the dude is MASSIVE, like a UFC fighter BIG, I honestly wouldn't want to fight him, he could snap me in half. Randolph County is so messed up that Derek will be there for another 2 or 3 years before he gets a trial, look at Simmons, he sat there for what, 3 or 4 years and got out on House Arrest? I think his charges got dropped? Let's just pray they convict the right guy. Brianna, you know who I am, I live right near Charity, come by sometime :)

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#9 Apr 26, 2012
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Erik Karl kvalnes

Seagrove, NC

#10 Feb 4, 2013
I do not think that jonathan simmons did not kill that old man. I think that Derek Bumgarner is the one that killed that old man. Jonathan simmons is not guilty. I think that Derek Bumgarner should go to prison for this old man murder. Derek Bumgarner should go to prison for a the rest of his life. This is jonathan simmons brother-in-law.
Stephen Lanning

Kalamazoo, MI

#11 Oct 27, 2013
Wow... he took a fuckin plea after all those years of his Christianity bullshit. John, one day you will see this or lil miss "Dora" is watching and will tell ya. How you played the whole ordeal seemed that to be the truth. Ya had me fooled, hell ya had alotta people fooled. But let's get real man, God will make you pay. Not for what you done but for living the lie of being a changed man when you knew inside as you laid ur head on that mat, that you took the life of an old defensless man. God forgives don't get me wrong. But your supposed to admit ur guilt to him at least and then live right or at try. Sad fuckin so called Marine dude, tell ya wat....if I ever cross ur path, never ever say Semper Fidelis to me. You are supposed to be to fellow Marines, but you my friend will never be considered "Always Faithful". Totally blown the fuck away after hearing all of this.....thanks courier tribune.
Stephen Lanning

Kalamazoo, MI

#12 Oct 27, 2013
Erik Karl kvalnes wrote:
I do not think that jonathan simmons did not kill that old man. I think that Derek Bumgarner is the one that killed that old man. Jonathan simmons is not guilty. I think that Derek Bumgarner should go to prison for this old man murder. Derek Bumgarner should go to prison for a the rest of his life. This is jonathan simmons brother-in-law.
Then ur just as dumbfounded as I was Erik.....-Stephen Lanning
Miss Kitty

Boca Raton, FL

#13 Dec 3, 2013
Hey Stephen - just wanted to ease your mind on the "Marines" inference you made - I'm his ex-wife, and I say with truthfulness & certainty that he spent all of 2 months in boot camp & got "the boot" from them for lying about having a high school diploma, amongst other things. I was contacted directly by his sergeant before they booted him. Did you spend time in jail with him? I see you are from Kalamazoo, MI?
bre bumgarner

Charlotte, NC

#14 Mar 3, 2014
Well its been a year since the bogus trial... if u ask me johnathon practically got away with murder and the stupid quacks in randolph county allowed it to happen. how do u begin ur trial it goes for an entire week and when court continues that monday morning he gets offered a plea agreement? What kind of shit is that? Every year millions of dollars are spent on the cost of trials average murder trial cost million bucks. So why would you waste money, let a sorry excuse for a man get away with murder, AND the poor victims family never recieved justice hell everyone got sequestered from the courtroom except for me. John had so many people fooled and tricked i just pray that God will allow the family justice and give John the true punishment he deserves. He will be released in 2018 unless by sum miracle he dnt make it out. As For my dad Derek Bumgarner we was proven innocent he was in the randolph county jail at the time of the murder. stupid randolph county you would think that atleast one office would be able to keep acurate records. i want to say thank you to everyone that supported my dad, my family and to those of you that actually saw thru Johns bullshit. if anyone has questions, or wants to dispute this i have the entire motion of discover with pics included and i will be more than happy to set you straight. Thank you.

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