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Johnston County man charged with killing stepfather

Posted April 3, 2011
Updated April 4, 2011

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— A Johnston County man tried to strangle his girlfriend and then shot and killed his stepfather when he protected her, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office said Sunday.

Spokeswoman Tammy Amaon said that Ricky David Faircloth, 21, argued with his girlfriend at his home at 852 McLamb Road, outside Dunn, around midnight Saturday.

When he started to strangle her, his stepfather, 44-year-old Ernest Marvin Tart, intervened, Amaon said. Faircloth got angry and grabbed a shotgun.

Amaon said that Tart tried to pull the gun out of his stepson's hands, and during the struggle, the gun went off, striking Tart.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, and Faircloth was taken into custody there.

Faircloth was charged with murder, assault on a female and assault by strangulation. He was placed in the Johnston County jail without bond. His first court appearance was set for Monday.

Faircloth has served probation for a half-dozen misdemeanor convictions since 2007, according to state Department of Correction records. The misdemeanors include assault inflicting serious injury and two counts of communicating threats.

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  • daisy Apr 5, 2011

    This man died a hero. I am sorry he was killed for intervening. I hope the killer gets what he deserves and that the girlfriend doesn't let this man's death happen in vain. I hope she stays away from this guy and any other abusers in the future.

  • pageredmon Apr 4, 2011

    Well, he was charged with first degree murder (no bond), assault by strangulation ($100,000 bond), and assault on a female ($1,000 bond), so somebody at the courthouse is taking it seriously. Furthermore, the DA's office has the ability to not let the victim "drop" the charge. Next courtdate is April 21st.

  • Karmageddon Apr 4, 2011

    The girlfriend will drop the assault charges, the shooting will declared an accident, and he'll probably get probation again

  • pamelaworley1969 Apr 4, 2011

    I am part of this family. And it just breaks our hearts. Uncle Ernie was always smiling, no matter what. You could fuss him out and he'll always end the argument with a smile.

    So sorry for your loss, it is just horrible your uncle became another statistic to show that the justice system in this country is failing the citizens. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • iwasjustsaying Apr 4, 2011

    So sorry Kristie. Praying for your family.

  • krazykristie06 Apr 4, 2011

    I am part of this family. And it just breaks our hearts. Uncle Ernie was always smiling, no matter what. You could fuss him out and he'll always end the argument with a smile.

  • Ambygirl Apr 4, 2011

    You said it all pamelaworley1969!

  • pamelaworley1969 Apr 4, 2011

    well now i guess number seven conviction is the charm? its just too bad someone had to die before the courts put this menace away . maybe now the system will work for the public but i still will not bank the house on it !!!!