911 call: Nash teen said he found dad, stepmom dead
Posted July 18, 2012
Nashville, N.C. — 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.
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.