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Wayne County man accused of killing girlfriend

Posted January 2, 2011
Updated January 3, 2011

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— A Wayne County man faces charges that he shot and killed his girlfriend at their Fremont home late New Year's Day.

Tom Effler, with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, said that deputies and Fremont police officers responded to reports of a person being shot on Bentwood Drive around 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

They found Teresa Pierce Harrelson, 49, who had been shot several times, Effler said. Harrelson was transported to Wayne Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Investigators filed a murder charge against her boyfriend,

Honorio Grajales, 44, of 104 Bentwood Drive, is charged with murder. He is being held without bond in the Wayne County jail. Investigators are trying to determine whether he is in the country legally.

Friends of Harrelson said Monday that the dispute might have started over Grajales's jealousy over an ex-boyfriend.

Harrelson's friend Martha Jones was among several people visiting the couple's home on New Year's Day.

"We were sitting around talking, and he went in there and got a gun and shot her three times with it," Jones said.

Teresa Pierce Harrelson Witnesses recall Wayne County shooting

Bruce Eastwood, a friend of Harrrelson, was not at the home on New Year's Day, but has talked with several people who witnessed the dispute. 

"He got up off the couch (and) shot her three times. He made it out the door. He went out and shot her two more times," Eastwood said. 

Those who knew the couple said they never suspected it would reach this level of violence.

"It's very shocking," Jones said. 

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  • bear2010 Jan 4, 2011

    the only thing he could think of is to put her out her misery....not shooot her just leave her....what could she have possibley say to make him go that way....

  • lilcarmex86 Jan 4, 2011

    I live in Fremont and this is a shock!! It was stated in the Goldsboro News Argus "When police officers arrived at the scene of a Fremont woman's murder New Year's Day, they found the suspect in the shooting standing over her body, still pulling the trigger on an empty handgun"

    That is SO sad and crazy!

  • bonnnie Jan 4, 2011

    It seems noone thinks it will ever reach this level of violence & then you hear of stories like this one, its a shame!

  • wildcat Jan 3, 2011

    All races do the same thing. One should stop the race blame in everything.

  • wildcat Jan 3, 2011

    WOW! what a way to start off the new year. Was drinking alcohol involved on both parties?

  • beachboater Jan 3, 2011

    "no respect for our laws or culture". bngexpress
    January 3, 2011 4:20 p.m.

    "There sure are some ignorant on here. Someone died and the only comment you can make is because they were interracial? Like same race couples never have domestic violence or kill each other over stupid things." WhatYaGonnaDo

    There ARE some ignorant people on here. I read the first comment to say that hispanic and / or other people who come from south of the border do not respect our laws and that there culture differs from ours in the value of life.

  • UPTOP Jan 3, 2011

    I can't imagine sitting there watching my friend being shot !!

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jan 3, 2011

    I guess he didn't like her New Year's Resolution.

  • WhatYaGonnaDoNow Jan 3, 2011

    There sure are some ignorant on here. Someone died and the only comment you can make is because they were interracial? Like same race couples never have domestic violence or kill each other over stupid things.

  • bngexpress Jan 3, 2011

    no respect for our laws or culture.