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Slain principal's husband told 911 shooting was accidental

Posted June 8, 2009
Updated July 13, 2009

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— A man charged with fatally shooting his wife last month told an emergency operator she had been moving his gun when she accidentally shot herself, according to a 911 call released Monday.

"(She was shot) in the head. She's dead," Randy Martin Baughn said in the May 24 call. "She was moving it from my nightstand to bring to me," he said. "And I didn't know it was cocked."

Moore County deputies responded to the call to find Abigail "Abby" Alexander Baughn, 36, dead inside the couple's home.

Investigators arrested Randy Baughn, 38, hours later and charged him with murder. He is being held in the Moore County jail without bond.

Authorities have not offered a motive for the shooting.

Abigail Bond was a popular assistant principal at Pinecrest High School in Carthage, where she oversaw 11th and 12th grades.

She started work for the Moore County school system in 1999 as an Exceptional Children teacher at Union Pines High School and later became the director of the program.

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  • See Chart Jun 9, 2009

    Another Phil Spector type of trial?

  • OldBikerGuy Jun 9, 2009

    Even if the gun was c-cked, no one walks around with a gun -- loaded or not -- pointed at themselves. Suffice it to say that if this POS is stupid enough to think he could get away with such an obvious murder, he's stupid enough to think somebody would buy this ridiculous story.

  • SME2 Jun 9, 2009

    only two people truely know what happened and one is deceased.

  • ambidextrous cat Jun 9, 2009

    If this is true why would she hold a gun if she didn't know how it worked? I'm not sure that I buy this story.

  • Professor Jun 9, 2009

    that Barbara Stager made in Durham

    Barbara Stager really should be a free woman now. She would be if it was not for the exwife.

  • Professor Jun 9, 2009

    principal with her intelligence would be too smart

    Smartness and intelligence had nothing to do with it. Do you think he should have warned her of her up coming death?

  • Professor Jun 9, 2009

    I'd like to believe a principal with her intelligence would be too smart to get caught by a guy willing to kill her, but his story is just too far fetched to buy.
    FragmentFour

    I don't believe you think she was aware her husband was planning on taking her life. What an insult to her family. You certainly need to apologize. Revise your comment. No one actually knows when someone is going to take their life. Wake up.

  • FragmentFour Jun 9, 2009

    I'd like to believe a principal with her intelligence would be too smart to get caught by a guy willing to kill her, but his story is just too far fetched to buy.

  • Professor Jun 9, 2009

    He knew what he was doing when he shot her. He grabbing at anything that will save his life from going to prison. But you know what, he is going.

  • deputydog1296 Jun 9, 2009

    guns dont kill people, people kill people!!

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