LEGGETT — A community is still reeling from the double murder in Edgecombe County of the mayor of the small town of Leggett and his wife. Law enforcement have not commented on potential motives for the crime, but have asserted that it was an isolated incident. Three people have been arrested in the slaying of the couple in their home this past week. Leggett, town of less than 100 population, is approximately 13 miles east of Rocky Mount. The bodies of Gary Skelton and his wife, Jackie Skelton, were discovered at their home on Thursday, September 6 by local law enforcement following up on a recently filed missing persons report. Prior to holding elected office, Gary Skelton was a retired commercial banker with a BB&T branch in Rocky Mount. The official Edgecombe Sheriff’s Office Facebook page posted a bulletin reading in part: “Deputies were called to a residence in Leggett to check the welfare of someone thought to be missing. Deputies discovered two people deceased on the property… At this time, no one else is believed to be in danger. Suspects are in custody.” The Sheriff’s Office chose to withhold the victims’ identities from reporters and the public for approximately 24 hours, but confirmed the victims as the deceased couple on Sept. 7. The three people were alleged in connection with the crime within eight hours of the discovery of the crime scene. Two of the three people detained are in their mid-twenties and the third is a teenager. Two were charged with murder in the first degree, and one with conspiring to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.