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Man found dead in recliner, bullet hole in window, at home

Posted September 30

— Authorities say a man was shot to death while sitting in a recliner in a North Carolina home.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said a man coming to the Newton home to cut the grass Friday afternoon found a bullet hole in a window and the victim dead from a gunshot wound to the head.

Reid told media outlets that no one else was in the home at the time the body of 19-year-old Justin Smith was found.

Investigators are trying to determine a motive for the killing. No suspect has been identified.

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