A first-degree murder charge was filed Wednesday against a former Iredell County Detention Center officer in connection with the shooting death of a man on Labor Day.
Blaine Dale Hague, 71, was arrested by agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. He is charged with shooting Baron Thomas Cass, 46, early on the morning of Sept. 7. A magistrate ordered Hague held without bond when he was arrested Wednesday.
At his first appearance Thursday, a judge did not set a bond.
An Iredell County Grand Jury handed down an indictment for first-degree murder Wednesday and Hague was taken into custody that same day.
Iredell County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a shooting on Sept. 7 and found Cass dead in a field.
Witnesses identified Hague as the person responsible for the shooting, Iredell Sheriff Darren Campbell said.
Campbell said he opted to bring in the SBI because Hague worked as a non-sworn detention officer at the sheriff’s office until 2006.
“You want to make sure that you appear to be as transparent as possible,” he said. “Any investigation like this we want to avoid any potential conflict. That’s the reason we have the great resource of the SBI. They’ve done an excellent job, as always, working with the local authorities.”
Campbell said he understands the length of time it took to complete the investigation and make an arrest was difficult for the Cass family.
“We appreciate the patience of the family,” he said. “I hope this gives them a little bit of closure.”
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