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In case of Kittrell family shooting, bond conditions will dictate future relationships

Posted September 17, 2014
Updated April 27

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EDITOR'S NOTE: A court determined that, although the child fired the shot that killed his grandfather, "there is no question that (he) was not the aggressor at all in this incident." All charges against him were dismissed in April 2016.

The relationship between a man, his mother and his son will be limited by the court should he make bond, Judge Reuben F. Young decided Tuesday.

Peyton Woodlief, 49, of 74 Tucker Lane in Franklinton, is accused of helping his 11-year-old son shoot and kill the boy's grandfather, Woodlief's father.

An investigation determined that Woodlief argued with his father, 84-year-old Lloyd Woodlief, on July 7, and the older man shot him. The boy responded by shooting his grandfather, who died.

Peyton Woodlief is being held under $150,000 bond in the Vance County jail on charges of felony aiding and abetting second-degree murder, misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor and misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon in the presence of a minor.

Should he be released on bond, prosecutors in the case asked that he be prohibited from contact with the boy or with his own mother, Frances Woodlief, who is the victim's wife.

Judge Young, noting that the 11-year-old is a co-defendant in the murder case, agreed to the prosecution's request.

Deputies said Lloyd Woodlief shot his son with a .22-caliber long pistol, and then his grandson responded, shooting the older man with a 12-gauge shotgun.

Peyton Woodlief is being treated for his gunshot wound while he is in custody, authorities said.

During his court appearance Tuesday, he appeared to have difficulty walking.


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  • Sara Hauser Sep 18, 2014
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    the son may have been told to shoot his grandfather by his father?

  • jwsawyer Sep 18, 2014

    These people need to be put in Dorthea Dix. Oh, I forgot, we would rather have a park. Great idea Raleigh.

  • Lightfoot3 Sep 18, 2014

    "Grandpa shoots dad, then son shoots grandpa. Sounds like self-defense to me. So why is dad being charged with anything?" - og

    Perhaps the shot that Grandpa fired was in self-defense.

  • xylem01 Sep 18, 2014

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    That's what I was wondering and on top of that, how can an 11-year old agree to conditions set forth by the prosecution?

  • og Sep 17, 2014

    OK, what am I missing here?

    You have grandpa, dad, and son. Grandpa shoots dad, then son shoots grandpa. Sounds like self-defense to me. So why is dad being charged with anything?

  • Classified Sep 17, 2014

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    Not really. Of course some places are worse than others but N.C. is pretty rough.

  • 123skipjack Sep 17, 2014

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    ...I think this is how it is all over the country

  • miseem Sep 17, 2014

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    And what does your comment have to do with this case? Do you think these people should be in the same room?

  • Classified Sep 17, 2014

    The value of life sure is cheap in N.C.