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Man accused in slaying over kid's baseball bat accident

Posted June 17, 2008
Updated June 18, 2008

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— A man is dead and another man is in jail after a baseball bat accident involving two Goldsboro children.

“I heard screaming, and I looked out the window and I saw the guy with the gun,” neighbor Tierra Brink said.

Brink said two neighborhood boys had been playing near Waters and Holly streets on Saturday when one boy accidentally hit the other boy with a metal baseball bat.

Brink lives next door to the boy who was hit.

"His son came home with a big lump on his head and James (Brewington) was kind of upset, so he went to find out what happened," she said.

Witnesses said James Brewington, 29, came out on the street to confront the boy who hit his son. That boy went home crying to his father, Timothy Vaughn, 36, who then came out to confront Brewington.

A neighbor, who spoke on the condition that she not be identified, watched from her front porch as the men argued. She said Vaughn pulled out a gun, surprising everyone watching.

"He reached back and shot him twice in the stomach. He pushed him off of him, like, 'Get off of me,' and shot him in the neck,” the witness said.

The witness also said she drove Brewington to the hospital.

"He was gasping for air, but he was still breathing,” the witness said.

Brewington died en route to the hospital, authorities said.

Vaughn, who was charged with murder, was being held Tuesday evening without bond in the Wayne County Jail.

He is scheduled to appear in court on June 30. WRAL checked his criminal record and found a previous charge for assault on a woman, as well as some other minor charges.

Vaughn's family would not comment Tuesday night.

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  • sunshine1224 Jun 18, 2008

    this is one crazy world...people getting killed over sum crazy things that should have been talked about it with sum sense and in a calm manner..FIRST...GET ALL THE FACTS STRAIGHT BEFORE TAKING ANY KIND OF ACTIONS AGAINST ANOTHER HUMAN BEING.

  • ahh-fooie.... Jun 18, 2008

    Do not want to belabor the point anymore but,this the site you want http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov./bjs/pub/press/cv04pr.htm 199-2004.

  • seasiren8320 Jun 18, 2008

    Rev RB: No I am not joking. At this point it is not completely clear what James said to the child that hit his child with the baseball bat. He may have just been trying to find out what happened. If my child had been hit I would have tried to find out what happened and I think that most parents would have. So I don't consider him a bad influence. James did not shoot the man that he was talking to. He was the one who was killed. As I stated in my previous post, it is ignorant to judge when all the facts are not known. Not saying whether or not the influence was good or bad. I am basically saying if you don't know the kind of man that he was you have no right to judge his actions. I stick by my previous post. James was a good man and a good father and will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to his wife and his son.

  • ahh-fooie.... Jun 18, 2008

    Those stats were from 15 years ago! 1987-92

  • ahh-fooie.... Jun 18, 2008

    Calm down, its just a discussion.Sorry you are so hot!

  • VT1994Hokie Jun 18, 2008

    One bizarre story. I can't believe how some adults think anymore. Killing another human being over something like this is beyond any bounds of comprehension. Leaving two families shattered.

  • ahh-fooie.... Jun 18, 2008

    Citizen, Glad you asked! Because when he first census was taken it was done by gov. official. They also initially to assumed that people would freely give this info.(not practical)so when things weren't working out they changed plans.People weren't confortable telling the gov. all of their buisness!
    They went back with private census takers and got a vastly more acurate set of no.s than the first survey. Also this was done with the aid of the NRA.

  • WRALblows Jun 18, 2008

    Mr. ahh-fooie,

    I did not reference any article. Just so you don't "proliferate" any more false information about my referencing AP articles for statistics below a link, directly to the Department of Justice's domain for stats between 1987 and 1993 as I cited. Also, I understand acronyms well enough for you to keep from embarrassing yourself with cynical remarks:

    http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/ascii/hvfsdaft.txt

  • Tired of your excuses Jun 18, 2008

    What a pitiful excuse for a walking, breathing, human.

  • ahh-fooie.... Jun 18, 2008

    Citizen, know you are presenting this as DOJ note*" Department Of Justice" (DOJ Look below) the article you refrence is and article that is profiferated by AP(for you Associated Press)
    Not the DOJ. As for the NRA ,The DOJ twice gave them acommadations for the acuracy the stat. and twice repermanded the anti-gun coalitions for falsifying records!ie adding zeros to enhance their stat. no.'s

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