A North Carolina man will face first-degree murder charges relating to three people who were shot to death last Tuesday in an apartment. The alleged murders occurred not far from the University of North Carolina earlier this week. The accused 46-year-old man was taken into custody on Wednesday.
Husband, Wife and Sister Killed
Police claim that the alleged shooter opened fire on a 23-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman. They were husband and wife and lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In addition, the man allegedly shot the 21-year-old woman's sister, who was a resident of Raleigh, North Carolina.
After police received reports of gunshots in the Chapel Hill neighborhood, they arrived at the scene of the crime and found the the deceased victims. Later, a woman, who was likely the mother of the male victim, arrived and started to ask who was involved in the incident. She was removed from the scene and taken to speak with a crisis counselor. A man, who was suspected to be the father of the male victim, also arrived and asked if his son was shot. However, police refused to disclose the information. The father tried to enter the apartment where the shooting occurred, but police blocked him from entering.
According to a local newspaper, the neighborhood where the shooting occurred is not known to be a high crime area.
Shooter Will Have His Day in Court
At this time, there are not a lot of details that have been released regarding this case, but one thing is clear. The arrested man who is accused of murdering these three individuals faces the gravest of criminal charges. If he is found guilty of the crimes he could ultimately be put to death or serve life in prison. Before a guilty verdict is made, however, he will be subjected to court proceedings and trial to determine his innocence or guilt. During this trial, he will have the opportunity to try and cast doubt upon the prosecution's facts and evidence brought against him.
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