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Johnston shooting suspect allowed out on bond

Posted August 16, 2011

— A Pine Level man accused of killing a lifelong friend last November is out on bond awaiting his trial. A spokesman for the Johnston County Clerk of Superior Courts said Stefan Gudac had to agree to a curfew, can't have any guns and can't leave the state while his case is pending.

Gudac called 911 on Nov. 27, 2010, and told an operator that he shot Devin Barber, 20, of Smithfield, after Barber refused to leave Gudac’s home, at 417 E. Pine St. in Pine Level.

In the call, the man, who identified himself as Gudac, detailed Barber's wounds. ”He’s got a stomach wound, and it looks like a neck wound – a graze wound on the neck,” he says. “He’s just got a wound – it looks like it’s right below his trachea.”

Gudac, 23, is charged with first-degree murder. His initial bond of $2 million was reduced to $600,000, the courts spokesman said. Gudac made bond Aug. 10.

Immediately after the shooting, Pine Level Police Chief Keith Sparks said Barber and Gudac had been friends since they were boys.


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  • samr Aug 16, 2011

    So while the Johnston County DA is busy suing her ex-best friend for having an affair, a person accused of 1st degree murder is out on bail? Nice work.

  • imsosorry Aug 16, 2011

    And Devin's parents have to live without him everyday. This man should spend the rest of his life in jail, he doesnt deserve to walk outside of the jail cell for 1 minute. This is first degree murder we are talking about, not breaking and entering or intent to kill, he killed someone, intentionally !!

  • robbyh Aug 16, 2011

    So you all think sence he got out on bail he is really going to get out of this. gees the guy is still charged with 1st degree murder. Plus he's got to live with that every day, and i'm sure he has thought about that alot.If they can post a 600.00 bond let him out.If it was your kid you would be trying to get him out too.

  • southernbythegraceofGOD Aug 16, 2011

    why don't you invite him over for drinks at your house hater like darth vader since you don't have a problem with the fact that he killed some one and admitted to doing it you're so brave and every one who has a problem with murderers are cowards

  • imsosorry Aug 16, 2011

    lol, we arent cowards, we just dont want anyone else killed for no reason. this was senseless.
    "joco joke" is a good way to describe our court system here in the county.

  • Hater like Darth Vader Aug 16, 2011

    Everyone who is worried about him being out is a coward. It seems to me that as long as you don't go into his house and refuse to leave you shouldn't be getting shot.

  • southernbythegraceofGOD Aug 16, 2011

    that's how it is down there in johnston county, thank goodness they specified the location i.e. pine level, cause normally when you ask some one from johnston county where there from they simply say johnston county , like it's not a big county with towns and cities and such. but any way they have the "backwoods justice" if you know the right big wig what ever you did will magically go away. first degree murder, don't stand a chance when you know the right good ole boys. if it had happened in wake or harnett he would still be there. but not in the "joco joke"

  • imsosorry Aug 16, 2011

    He isnt a kid, he is 23

  • imsosorry Aug 16, 2011

    bowslinger70 must be close kin because he is the only one who dont see a problem with letting a murderer back out on the streets.

  • imsosorry Aug 16, 2011

    OH MY, this was 1st degree murder, the other kid had no weapon, if he did, it would have been told. He was only defending his alcohol induced feelings for some girl who probably cared nothing about neither one of them, playing them both against each other and got more than she bargained for.