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Argument over dog ends in death for Butner man

Posted August 21, 2009

A former public safety officer in Butner was shot Thursday by a neighbor, Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins said.

Jimmy Champion, 62, and Otis Perry, 30, both of Little Pond Drive, were arguing about Champion's dog. Both men had guns. Perry shot and killed Champion, Brindell said.

Brindell said his office was investigating the incident but that no charges had been filed.


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  • venitapeyton Aug 21, 2009

    Just when you think a little sanity has returned (fewer husbands killing their wives, children and themselves), then we see that two men can only settle a disagreement with a gun. Now you see from where young people gain their perspective.

  • wcash19651965 Aug 21, 2009

    Thank you MWaite. Nobody seems to care that a man is dead. Sure it was needless, but it happened still. Mr. Champion was a well known member of this community for 62 years in Granville County. I can't believe somebody would say "low rent". So rude and crude. Does not matter what "rent district" you live in when someone is killed or dies, they still matter. Again, this was very unfortunate and my heart goes out to his family and friends.

  • mwaite Aug 21, 2009

    First of all, I personally lived on Little Pond years ago and it is not a "low rent" district. This is Stem we are talking about, good old fashion nice little town. Secondly, this happened in the late afternoon, not in the "early morning hours". You are correct, we don't know exactly what happened but seeing as both men were armed, someone was looking to start trouble, not sure which one. I will say that there is a leash law that lots of people don't abide by. I myself own 2 dogs, but they are not allowed outside unless they are on a leash. Also, I have no clue if it is the same person, but there is an Otis Perry with a court date in Wake County for "pointing a gun", but again, not sure if it is the same person as in this story. Also, if I had a problem with dogs in the neighborhood, which I have, I would have called Animal Control and/or the Sheriff's Dept. This was very unfortunate and my heart goes out to the Champion family.

  • clickclackity2 Aug 21, 2009

    By no means saying it's worth taking a life over..but for the life of me I can not understand why people think letting their annoying, barking every 5 seconds, dogs out in the early morning hours with neighbors as close as 10 feet on each side is acceptable. It's extremely rude and definitely hits alot of nerves.