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Man wanted in girlfriend's death surrenders

Posted April 21, 2009
Updated April 22, 2009

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— A man wanted in the shooting death of his girlfriend over the weekend surrendered to authorities Tuesday afternoon.

David Bishop, 24, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the early-Sunday shooting of Gabrielle Reece, 19, at a house just south of Louisburg. She was shot in the head, authorities said.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they found Bishop and another man, putting her body in a trash bag and they had set fire to the chair she had been sitting in. Bishop fled.

Bishop was in the Franklin County jail without bond Tuesday evening. His first court appearance was set for May 5.

According to the North Carolina Department of Correction, Bishop is on probation in Wake County for a March 16 conviction on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a weapon in assembly – both Class I misdemeanors. He was placed on 12 months' probation.

DOC spokesman Keith Acree said Bishop had met with his probation officer on April 1 at the probation office. The officer also tried to visit Bishop at his home two days later but no one was there.

The probation officer was notified after Bishop was arrested April 11 that he was staying at a different address.

The April 11 arrest stemmed from charges of injury to personal property for allegedly using a knife to damage two cars, resisting arrest, intoxication and disruptive behavior.

According to court records, a Wake County magistrate set his bond at $2,000, and a judge later reduced that amount to $1,200.

The Wake County magistrate's office said Tuesday afternoon that it was not immediately clear if it was known that Bishop was on probation when bond was set in the case and that checking on probation statuses is not standard protocol.

The magistrate, however, set the bond at $2,000 because Bishop had a prior conviction. The magistrate's office also added that knowing a suspect's probation status could not solely change a bond amount.

Authorities have not said what led to the shooting or a possible motive, but Jennifer Franco, a lifelong friend of Reece, said Tuesday that Bishop "seemed angry" and that "there was definitely a chance that he would become violent."

"I don't think they should have lessened the bond," Franco said. "I think they should have raised it.

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green agrees.

"They can't use excessive bonds or put excessive bonds on defendants, but I just think the bond situation should be revamped," Green said.

Reece's family have planned a memorial for her Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home, 405 S. Main St. in Wake Forest. Visitation will immediately follow the memorial.

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  • Adelinthe Apr 22, 2009

    "...checking on probation statuses is not standard protocol."

    Why the devil not???

    Get real justice system. We're tired of being afraid to step out of our homes because of the revolving door you have at the court house.

    Get real!!! And get tough!!!

    God bless.

    RB

  • Adelinthe Apr 22, 2009

    "a Wake County magistrate set his bond at $2,000, and a judge later reduced that amount to $1,200"

    Are they insane???

    That's why he was out murdering that girl in the first place, because they didn't keep him locked up after his second crime while on probation.

    What's it take? To kill a judge's family member???

    OUTRAGED!!!

    God bless.

    RB

  • iron fist Apr 22, 2009

    I read someone had put a price on his head, good reason to turn yourself in.

  • ncshower2 Apr 22, 2009

    The "carrying a weapon in mass assembly" was when he came to the Korner Pocket and pulled the knife out, they made him leave because he CAME IN with the knife and a beer. he went outside & stabbed 2 vehicles in the parking lot AND THEN was walking in the North bound lanes of Capital Blvd he was walking south. Drivers called the police they came & got him, thats when they went to the Korner Pocket to see how much he had drank, but he did'nt get any thing there, he came in drunk, all that happened within 15-20 minutes. Ms. Reece was trying to talk sense to him that nite. Bless her heart there' a place in heaven for her.s

  • Esq Apr 22, 2009

    probation...what a surprise

  • G-man Apr 22, 2009

    so why would someone who knows they are guilty of a crime turn themselves in Maybe he read some of the post on here and decided the smart thing to do would be to turn himself in. Much safer then to have the police looking for an armed and dangerous man. iron fist

    In the good old days they turned themselves in to avoid lynching and sure swift justice.

  • Sessy V--V Apr 22, 2009

    " a Wake County magistrate set his bond at $2,000, and a judge later reduced that amount to $1,200 "

    How nice of that judge! We have such a GREAT judicial system here.........

    of course that was a JOKE.

    I feel so bad for her family and friends.......

  • farmkid Apr 22, 2009

    I am usually against too much Big Brother and having the government out of our business. However, I am starting to think that folks on probation and parole should have a microchip implanted (like the GPS system on dogs) for a specified period. It won't keep them from committing crimes, but when they are "found out", the courts/arresting officers will know they are violating terms of probation/parole and can keep them locked up!

  • dlb800 Apr 22, 2009

    "Carrying a weapon in assembly" may also refer to carrying into an establishment that charges an admission (movie theater, baseball game, hockey game), or any establishment that serves alcohol (bars, or restaurants). I guess it could also mean anything like a picket line, protest, etc..etc..

  • iron fist Apr 22, 2009

    so why would someone who knows they are guilty of a crime turn themselves in
    Maybe he read some of the post on here and decided the smart thing to do would be to turn himself in. Much safer then to have the police looking for an armed and dangerous man.

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