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Funeral set for man killed trying to defend his wife

Posted July 11, 2010
Updated July 13, 2010

— Visitation will be held Monday for a 78-year-old Moore County man who was shot in a shootout last month with three men trying to rob his wife, a clerk at a Lakeview convenience store.

Angus Kelly died Friday morning at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where he had been listed in critical condition since the June 28 robbery.

Friends said Kelly often waited outside the Exxon Short Stop Food Mart to protect his 75-year-old wife whenever she was the last one working at the store.

He had driven up to the store that night to see three men robbing his wife at gunpoint. He fired a shotgun through the window, striking one man in the face.

The getaway driver fled, and two other men inside the store used Grace Kelly as a shield, prompting an exchange of gunfire in which the husband and wife were shot, investigators said.

Grace Kelly was treated for a gunshot wound in the arm and released from the hospital that night.

The Kelly family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Boles Funeral Home in Southern Pines. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Yates-Thagard Baptist Church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Memorials in his honor can be made to the Prancing Horse Center for Therapeutic Riding, P.O. Box 327, Southern Pines, N.C. 28388.

Meanwhile, a grand jury on Monday indicted the four men charged in the shooting on murder charges.

Randy Joel Williams, 17, Leroy Richard Medley, 20, Paris Yusef Mack, 17, all of Southern Pines, and Demarcus James Dennison, 18, of Polkton, also are charged with two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and one count each of first-degree kidnapping and armed robbery.


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  • Lightfoot3 Jul 13, 2010

    "no matter what the situation is you can not talk the law into your own hands" - mynameiswhat

    Incorrect. You can LEGALLY use deadly force to protect yourself and others if needed.

    "because it was not on his property" - mynameiswhat

    Where you're at is irrelevant. You can use deadly force at home, or in the parking lot of a 7-11 if it is warranted. It's downright silly and illogical to think you can't protect yourself or others if you're not on your own property. That's the whole purpose of concealed carry, so that you CAN take it with you while you travel about. Think!

  • neal4 Jul 13, 2010

    Clearly Mr. Kelly had the right to use deadly force.

    1) North Carolina Common Law
    Use of force to protect a person
    (1) Justified Self-Defense

    A citizen is legally justified in using deadly force against another only if:
    (a) The citizen actually believes deadly force is necessary to prevent an imminent threat of death, great bodily harm, or sexual assault and
    (b) The facts and circumstances prompting that belief would cause a person of ordinary firmness to believe deadly force was necessary to prevent an imminent threat of death, great bodily harm, or sexual assault, and
    (c) The person using deadly force was not an instigator or aggressor who voluntarily provoked, entered, or continued the conflict leading to deadly force, and
    (d) Force used was not excessive - greater than reasonably needed to overcome the threat posed by a hostile aggressor. (2) Duty To Retreat Before Using Deadly Force Unless and exception such as those listed below applies, a citizen must retreat before using dead

  • mynameiswhat Jul 13, 2010

    you people talk and dont even know the law @LightFoot3 no matter what the situation is you can not talk the law into your own hands, because it was not on his property and it was know deadly force to him if he wasn't deceased charges could be brought up on him also.

  • Lightfoot3 Jul 13, 2010

    "Would it have been ok for me, as a complete stranger who rolled up and saw the same scene, to get out of my truck and start firing in a convenience store in an attempt to thwart a robbery? " - Dark_Horse

    No. You can not use deadly force to stop a robbery. But if you feared that a 3rd party was about to be killed (remember they were armed), you could fire upon them to stop it.

    "Take all the emotion out of the situation and tell me, was it legal?" - Dark_Horse

    Yes, because he feared for his wife's life. He wasn't stopping a robbery, but protecting his wife's life.

  • jakekristinbliss Jul 12, 2010

    I am pretty sure I met this couple, where I work, he was so friendly and gregarious...they were so charming and it was clear, that he adored his wife... loved each other LOTS(that is why I remember them)...This news saddens me SO much. God Bless him and I pray that she can sustain the happiness I saw in both their faces when I met them. Life these days is just so... I dunno what...not what it should be?? My heart aches at the senselessness of this. They brought a happy moment to my day...and I have and now, will never forget it or them...So SO sorry that this insanity has happened...

  • Dark_Horse Jul 12, 2010

    What is all this talk about a hate crime? Do you even know what constitues a Hate Crime charge? Do you really think that these guys shot back at this man because he was old or white or because he was shooting at them with a shotgun? Violent crime? Yes. Hate Crime? No.

  • pappybigtuna1 Jul 12, 2010

    Crime is not racist, are you trying to say there are races of people that don't know the difference between right and wrong, Rich or poor crime is crime. There needs to be punishment equal to the crime committed

  • SouthernBornSouthernBred Jul 12, 2010

    luvdolphin2 - it's not racism its me wanting justice for all. Are these guys being charged with a hate crime? NO. Do you see Jessie or anybody else crying about this terrible crime? NO. Wrong is wrong regardless. If my words offend you so be it. The truth hurts. I will STAND up for is right and wrong.

  • Mrs Fabulous 1 Jul 12, 2010

    I salute this guy!!! I pray peace and blessings be with this family. I pray that they are comforted in this time.

    May the family of the robbers be also comforted and blessed with peace. May the robbers be subject to the law of this land and GOD!!!!!! You will not go unpunished!!!!

  • wildcat Jul 12, 2010

    I will be glad when america wakes up, stops pointing fingers, and starts to serve true justice to ALL!!"

    Thanks for a good comment!