Suspected Serial Killer Charged in Alamance Co.
BURLINGTON, N.C. – The man suspected of murdering two Alamance county women made his first court appearance on Thursday.
Robert Foust, who has been serving a 66-year sentence in Scotland County, was transferred to Alamance County and charged with two counts of second degree murder.
According to deputies, Foust is suspected of the deaths of Tamara Ann Liner, 49, of Burlington, and Jana Michelle Morton, 39, of Snow Camp.
According to Sheriff Terry Johnson, Foust has spent a large portion of his life in prison.
“Let’s say he is not a stranger to the criminal justice system,” said the Sheriff.
In 1981, police in Amarillo, Texas charged Foust with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Six years later he was convicted of second degree murder after caving in a drug dealer’s skull with a crowbar while high on cocaine.
Despite recommendations from the department of corrections, Foust was released after serving 13-years of a 40-year sentence.
“We catch them and we feel like sometimes it’s a revolving door. We put them in. They let them out,” said the Sheriff.
Sheriff Johnson believes lenient legislators are to blame for people like Foust slipping through the cracks.
I agree! It is nice to hear someone in law enforcement saying it as well!
“It’s very upsetting as a law enforcement officer, as a sheriff and as a citizen, that our criminal justice system has become so liberal in dealing with the serious offenders “said Johnson.
According to Johnson, “had his sentence been fulfilled, there would be two women living today.”
These women would not have been killed by this man had our justice system done it’s job instead of letting a violent person back out onto the streets.