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Deputies: Dog dispute leads to fatal shooting in Person County

Posted August 5, 2015
Updated August 6, 2015

— A man was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon after what appeared to be a dispute over a dog, according to the Person County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities were called to the area of 900 Flat Woods Road, in Timberlake, at about 3:30 p.m. When officers arrived to the home, they found Nicholas Antonio Parker, 35, lying in the driveway, and a dead pit bull nearby.

Jerinna Wilkerson, who lives in the area, told authorities she was not home when the shooting happened, but said her daughter was.

"She looked out the window and saw Nick on the ground, and TJ (the dog) was out there, too," Wilkerson said.

Wilkerson said she shares a driveway with Parker and 43-year-old John Brona Turner.

"It has been a feud out here for years," she said.

Wilkerson told authorities Parker was very strict about who came on his land, and most recently he had taken issue with a dog Turner adopted.

Parker's mother-in-law, who wanted to remain anonymous, told WRAL News that he had warned Turner to keep the dog off his property. She said when Parker found the dog on his property, he shot it.

Person County Sheriff Dewey Jones said when Turner found his dog dead, the two men got into an altercation. Parker was shot in the torso five times.

"To escalate to this point, yes we are surprised," Jones said.

Turner was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, authorities said. He remained in the Person County Jail Wednesday night without bond.


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  • Bubba Ray Aug 6, 2015
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    Look for more of the same. Our world has gone crazy and I will share my thoughts, and deal with the repercussions from the PC tards.

  • Bubba Ray Aug 6, 2015
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    Where I am from this would be called in your PC language, Karma. Mr. Parker should have been left for the buzzards and the dog should have been buried, with all solemnity-based on the reporting. As for your statement of the problem being solved "with a gun", you better bring a gun to a gun fight. You keep fighting with your words and bleeding heart. Let the overpaid scumbag lawyers and judges settle the rest. If you want to talk about "the taxpayers' dime", that is another conversation.

  • Tobaira Selkie Aug 6, 2015
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    Next time on Fear Thy Neighbor...

  • Janet Scott Aug 6, 2015
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    If someone shoots your dog, then all bets are off. Parker got what he deserved. Maybe others will think about this next time they use a gun on an innocent dog who was not vicious.

  • Mark Cline Aug 6, 2015
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    It appears, from the article, that Wilkerson, Parker and Turner shared a driveway. Wilkerson said the feud has been going on for years. Neighbors sharing anything (driveways, wells, sewer systems, etc) are bound to have disagreements.

    Don't discount the possibility that the shooting was justified self-defense. There are, as always, too many details left out of this account to form an opinion.

  • Jo Peterson Aug 6, 2015
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    1. The guy shot his dog, so he was known to have a gun.
    2. They got into a heated argument. Depending on what witnesses say, he could have reasonably feared for his life.
    3. At most voluntary manslaughter. No chance that 1st degree murder holds up. It will be interesting to follow either way.

  • Jason Starcommand Aug 6, 2015
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    Witty punchlines matter!

  • Jason Starcommand Aug 6, 2015
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    Bubba, you made me spit coffee!

  • Greg Dail Aug 6, 2015
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    1st degree murder? So this was a premeditated act? Gee sounds like this guy got upset when some guy blew his dog away.

  • Angela Wall Aug 6, 2015
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    Sonja, I must have missed the part where anyone is claiming that the dog is vicious or has attacked someone. How could a recently adopted dog have caused a "feud out here for years"? The dog was just the latest thing the guy didn't want on his property. Parker may have been a poor pet owner because his dog was loose, but that does not make the dog vicious. You are projecting your own problems/experiences onto this situation.