FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Clemmons man pleaded guilty this morning to charges he fatally shot another man after he caught him having sex with his estranged wife, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
James Michael Burcham, 36, of Sir Knight Circle, pleaded guilty in Forsyth Superior Court to second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Michael Brandon Moss, 28. Moss’s body was found wrapped in plastic trash bags with a futon on top in the woods in Lewisville on July 15, 2013. He was shot three times.
Burcham was initially charged with first-degree murder and felony failure to report a death. Judge William Z. Wood of Forsyth Superior Court sentenced Burcham to 22 years to 27 years and three months in prison.
According to court testimony today, James Burcham shot Moss after he caught him having sex with his estranged wife, Sheena Burcham, the night of July 13, 2013. Burcham wrapped Moss’s body and dumped it.
Sheena Burcham told investigators that she saw James Burcham shoot Moss and that her husband forced her to go with him to Indiana and West Virginia after Moss’s body was found. Authorities picked the couple up in West Virginia on July 16.
According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Moss’ body was discovered around noon Monday in the 200 block of Beech Valley Road in Lewisville.
According to the complaint, Sheena Burcham separated from James Burcham in February and was on a date with Moss on July 13. She said that James Burcham broke into her house, where she and Moss were having sex, and shot Moss after watching them for about 10 minutes. She said her husband forced her to get into her car and follow him while he got rid of Moss’ car.
On the morning of July 14, she said she helped James Burcham get his truck and they went to his house, where their two sons were staying. Then James Burcham returned to his wife’s house to get rid of Moss’ body, she said.
Sheena Burcham said that she went to work on July 15, returned to take care of her children and went to sleep. James Burcham later woke her up, telling her that he had gone back to where he had dumped Moss’ body and discovered that the body had been found, she said. He forced her to leave with him and they drove to Indiana, where he tried to kill himself by taking Oxycodone and drinking, according to the complaint.