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911 call: Nash teen said he found dad, stepmom dead

Posted July 18, 2012

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— A Nash County teenager accused of fatally shooting his father and stepmother over the weekend told police he returned home to find them dead, according to a search warrant and 911 call released Wednesday.

Jacob Whitfield, 17, faces two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Brian Whitfield, 44, and his wife, Charisma Whitfield.

A police officer responding to a 911 call around 11:30 p.m. Saturday found the couple shot in the head in an upstairs bedroom of their Whitakers home at 503 W. Taylor St., according to the search warrant affidavit.

Jacob Whitfield had been visiting from Chesapeake, Va., where he lives with his mother, Whitakers Police Chief Chris Wagstaff said Monday. The family, including Whitfield's 10-year-old half-brother, had been celebrating Charisma Whitfield's 31st birthday earlier in the evening.

Jacob Whitfield called 911 to report the crime, saying that he heard gunshots and went outside with his brother.

"That's pretty much it, and then, I went back inside, and I found – then I looked, and I found my parents dead," he says in the call.

It's unclear by the call how much time had elapsed from when he says he last saw them alive.

Jacob Aaron Whitfield Nash teen says in 911 call he found parents dead

At one point, he says "a few minutes ago." Then, he says 30 minutes. His brother, who can be heard in the background, mentions 15 minutes.

At another point in the call, when asked if anyone else is in the house, he says he isn't sure. Minutes later, he says, he saw someone.

"I saw somebody in the back of the house, but it was dark, so I don't know if was a male or female," he said.

Investigators haven't commented on a possible motive for the shootings, and the search warrant offers none.

Meanwhile Wednesday, police were back at the Whitfield home investigating the crime.

Another teenager, Joshua Powers, 17, also faces two charges of first-degree murder in the case. Investigators say he is a friend of Jacob Whitfield and was one of five people in the home.

But they won't say how he might be connected to the crime.

Jacob Whitfield does not mention him in the 911 call.

Both teens were being held in the Nash County jail Wednesday without bond.

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  • Obamanation Jul 18, 2012

    Impatientgirl is onto something here...

  • SaltlifeLady Jul 18, 2012

    That boy was awfully calm on that phone call and did not sound like someone who just found his parents dead and thought someone was in the house. And somehow he convinced his friend to participate in these events with him. Sad that these two young lives are now wasted!

  • itsmyownopinion Jul 18, 2012

    "hmmmm, well I'm going to assume that they tested him to see if he was the shooter or not."
    Scubagirl

    If they didn't test him, they're as dumb as a box of rocks.

  • jeffnnc Jul 18, 2012

    impatientgirl - "If they thought he was innocent he wouldn't be in jail."

    You keep living in your own perfect little world where everything is black and white, the police never make mistakes and innocent people don't go to jail. The rest of us will keep living in the real world.
    Not saying he's innocent. But let's wait for the evidence and a jury decide what happened.

  • Scubagirl Jul 18, 2012

    They just played the 911 tape on the news and it's very odd. Flat tone of voice and at one point after saying he found them dead he said 'it was really loud'.....strange. But then this whole thing is.

  • itsmyownopinion Jul 18, 2012

    I wonder why Wagstaff chose to tell the press about the odd questions that Jacob Whitfield asked during his arrest. It seemed irrelevant for a professional in law enforcement to speak of conversations that go during an arrest-especially for a minor. All that did was stir up public speculation. Jacob may be guilty but I thought it was odd.
    ediemary03

    I guess he didn't practice saying, "This is an ongoing investigation, no further comments at this time." I'm not saying the teen is innocent, but if I found my parents murdered, I would want to know that there was a death penalty in the state where they were found -- unless and until I learned that I was their suspect.

  • greg69innc Jul 18, 2012

    I remember the Little Rascals Daycare how the workers spent many years in prison all due to the interrogators manipulating the children and finally after several years the charges were dropped...nonetheless lives were ruined, marriages ended, and the state of NC could not issue a formal apology, compensation, or punishement for the misleading interrogators.

    So in this case it is extremely important to search all the facts and know beyond a shadow of a doubt especially when the individual is a child of the victimized family to start with.

  • ediemary03 Jul 18, 2012

    I wonder why Wagstaff chose to tell the press about the odd questions that Jacob Whitfield asked during his arrest. It seemed irrelevant for a professional in law enforcement to speak of conversations that go during an arrest-especially for a minor. All that did was stir up public speculation. Jacob may be guilty but I thought it was odd.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 18, 2012

    impatientgirl - "If they thought he was innocent he wouldn't be in jail."

    You're joking, right?

    Tell that to Greg Taylor, et al.

  • Paul Parker Jul 18, 2012

    If they thought he was innocent he wouldn't be in jail.
    impatientgirl
    July 18, 2012 3:40 p.m.

    Just because they THINK he is guilty, and he is in jail, doesn't mean that he IS guilty! There have been several cases in the news in the past couple years about people who the police THOUGHT were guilty, and were even convicted in court, and have since been PROVEN TO BE INNOCENT, and released.

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