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Fayetteville father, son accused of beating man with motorcycle helmets

Posted October 8, 2014

Ernest Edward Heath Jr. and Ernest Edward Heath III
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— Deputies arrested a Fayetteville man and his son after they beat a man with their motorcycle helmets, causing him to suffer serious head injuries, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Ernest Edward Heath Jr., 44, and Ernest Edward Heath III, 16, were each charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

The victim, 38-year old Michael Wayne Shaffer of Hope Mills, told deputies he was walking along Camden Road in Fayetteville on Sept. 29 when Heath and his son approached him on a motorcycle. The men threatened Shaffer and began striking him on the head and face with their helmets, investigators said. 

Shaffer suffered fractures to his left temple and right orbital bone, resulting in bleeding to the brain. He was airlifted to Duke University Hospital in Durham where he was also diagnosed with a subdural hematoma, epidural hematoma and a fractured finger.

Investigators say Shaffer and the Heaths met on a prior occasion, when the younger Heath "threatened bodily harm to Shaffer." Details of that encounter were not released.

The elder Heath is in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. He is expected to make a first court appearance Wednesday afternoon. His son was released from jail on an unsecured bond and was also expected to make a first court appearance Wednesday.

Shaffer was released from Duke University Hospital and was recovering at home.

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  • Duff Dry Oct 8, 2014

    Glad they will have time to bond together, at least until they make bond.