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Victim's family shocked slaying suspect accused of Perdue threats

Posted March 28, 2011

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— A Youngsville man was out on bond on a manslaughter charge when he was charged with threatening to kill Gov. Beverly Perdue.

Dennis Matthew McDermott, 30, of 1071 Holden Road, was charged Saturday with threatening a public official.

Workers at a state Division of Motor Vehicles license plate office in Wake Forest told Highway Patrol troopers that McDermott got angry during a visit to the office a week ago and said, "When you see Bev Perdue with a .38 slug in her head, I did it."

The license plate office workers told troopers that he then added, "Call the law, and I'll take care of them, too."

"It shocked me so bad to think that he was that foolish," Dixie Satterwhite said Monday as McDermott made his first court appearance.

McDermott was charged last year with involuntary manslaughter in the September 2009 death of Satterwhite's husband, John.

John Satterwhite, 85, a World War II veteran, was walking through the woods near his home in Henderson when he was shot and killed. Vance County authorities said McDermott and two other men were shooting at targets nearby, and a stray bullet hit Satterwhite.

Dennis McDermott in court Victim's family shocked slaying suspect accused of Perdue threats

McDermott asked District Judge Ned Mangum to reduce his $150,000 bond on the latest charge so he could go home to his wife and children. He expressed confusion at the charge.

"I just got picked up one day," he said. "I didn't say anything to the governor."

Prosecutors told Mangum that McDermott also has a pending assault case in Nash County and has been charged previously with failure to appear in court. The judge denied the request for a lower bond.

If McDermott posts bond, Mangum ordered that he get a mental health examination within five days of his release.

"I was just afraid for him to be out because I didn't know who else or what else (could be in danger)," said Donna Russell, the Satterwhites' daughter. "I think he said that he didn't know what had happened, and that's kind of dangerous."

McDermott has an April 15 court date on the manslaughter charge.

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  • Crutch Mar 30, 2011

    Wow, nice sensationalism. So a man is called a slayer for involuntary man slaughter? What was the guy doing trespassing through his woods? WRAL, I KNOW your just a liberal Propoganda machine, but seriously, the man hasn't been found guilty. Didn't you learn your lesson when you rallied against the Duke Lacrosse players?

    He supposedly said something about Beveraly Perdue. As Queen Socialist, I know this is something that bothers you. However, I don't see how they will prove he said anything. It's called hear say.

    They don't have a case against him, and I refuse to simply trust your "news" organization that goes through such public opinion swaying tactics. He may very well be guilty. I am not saying he isn't. I am just tiered of bad reporting.

    Fair and Balanced reporting, would be where you look at each case individually or from both sides. Where you don't try and portray him as a monster, just because you lack evidence. Conjecture and propaganda at it's worse.

  • sammyg Mar 29, 2011

    If he gets out on bail, why give him 5 days to seek mental health examination? Oh yeah, so he has time to load up on ammunition and kill a bunch of people first!

  • montyz123 Mar 28, 2011

    I would ask that WRAL please continue to follow this story, through Mr. McDermott's April 15 court date and the outcome of these latest charges re: threats to Gov. Perdue. The community has a vested interest.

  • think1st Mar 28, 2011

    Threaten the governor with troopers in the building. What was he thinking?

  • jellygirl Mar 28, 2011

    Sounds like a real winner and yet we let him out to wonder the streets?