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Police: Man charged with murder after man found dead behind Asheville gas station

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Buford James Penley (Source: Asheville PD) Buford James Penley (Source: Asheville PD)
Death investigation in Asheville (June 29, 2017/FOX Carolina) Death investigation in Asheville (June 29, 2017/FOX Carolina)
Surveillance footage depicts victim in Sunoco gas station prior to his death. (Source: Sunoco) Surveillance footage depicts victim in Sunoco gas station prior to his death. (Source: Sunoco)
Surveillance footage depicts victim in Sunoco gas station prior to his death. (Source: Sunoco) Surveillance footage depicts victim in Sunoco gas station prior to his death. (Source: Sunoco)
Surveillance footage depicts victim in Sunoco gas station prior to his death. (Source: Sunoco) Surveillance footage depicts victim in Sunoco gas station prior to his death. (Source: Sunoco)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Asheville police said a suspect has been charged in the death of a man who's body was found near an Asheville gas station on Thursday.

Police were investigating the suspicious death after a body was found at a gas station, according to Wallace Welch, a spokesperson for the Asheville Police Department.

The body was found Thursday morning at the Sunoco on Patton Avenue. The victim, later identified as 46-year-old Joshua Christopher Stebbins, appeared to have been the victim of an assault, police said.

His death is believed to be a homicide.

On Friday, police said 42-year-old Buford James Penley of Asheville had been charged with 1st degree murder in Stebbins's death.

Police said Stebbins was likely killed by blunt force trauma to the head and body at his campsite behind the Sunoco.

Penley is currently being held in the Buncombe County Detention Center without bond. He's expected to appear in court Monday at 9 a.m.

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