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Convicted killer pleads guilty in slaying of second girl

Posted September 2, 2010

— A North Carolina man who would have been eligible for parole in November after serving a life sentence for killing a girl has pleaded guilty to raping and killing another girl.

Multiple media outlets reported that George Richard Fisher, 61, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Orange County court in Hillsborough to first-degree murder in the death of 7-year-old Carrie Wilkerson, of Carrboro, in 1984. He also pleaded guilty to first-degree rape and first-degree arson.

Fisher was serving a life sentence for sexually assaulting and killing 8-year-old Jean Fewel, of Chapel Hill, in 1985.

District Attorney Jim Woodall says Fisher would have been eligible for parole soon if not for the new convictions.

Carrie was found strangled and sexually assaulted inside her burning home in Rocky Brook Trailer Park in Carrboro on Feb. 22, 1984.

In 1985, Jean was kidnapped while walking to school in Chapel Hill and later found hanging from a tree near Finley Golf Course.

Woodall said that Fisher had long been a suspect in Carrie's death, but it was only new DNA testing not available during the original investigation that presented enough evidence to charge him.

Carrie's stepmother, Norma Shivers, said that Fisher was her best friend's husband.

"We knew who it was. They just didn't have the evidence," Shivers said. "I've known it all along."

When Fisher was indicted in June, Rebecca Lowery, Carrie's mother, said she had lost hope that the case would ever be solved.

"It's eaten me. I'm so thankful now," she said. "I want to see him – and for him to see me – and know this has not been forgotten and to know he is not getting away with this."


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  • tatermommy52 Sep 2, 2010

    Orange County, where liberalism is large and in charge.

  • ncwiseguy Sep 2, 2010

    hey jbarron........try that dribble on the families of those who met a gruesome death.

    and i lived in orange county for 30 years.....long enough to figure out that death penalty was not an option......regardless of how heinous the crime. note.......the da does influence the direction these crimes at trial.

  • Adelinthe Sep 2, 2010

    Lolly - "How on earth does someone rape and murder a child, then NOT be sentenced to life - no parole?"


    We care more for the animals who do this to the children than we do for the children themselves, or we would make sure these animals could never ever ever hurt another child in their lifetime - EVER!!!

    God bless.


  • ranquick Sep 2, 2010

    This just to go to show you that those injail for "Life" means "Life" and should never be "Grandfather" by some Law. Murder is murder, rape is rape and child molestation is molestation these should never be a chance of being paroled.

  • lolly Sep 2, 2010

    How on earth does someone rape and murder a child, then NOT be sentenced to life - no parole? If they only have room enough in the prison to keep one kind of criminal, those who rape and murder children should be kept!

  • jbarron4950 Sep 2, 2010

    mr fox has not served the public very well.....he is more interested in other things that do not involve the death penalty. and for his inaction and inability to bring the ultimate justice in these cases, he has been rewarded by being made a superior court judge.

    Don't blame Carl Fox. He didn't murder anyone. If you have lived in this area for as long as I have you would know that he was not responsible for the outcome of a lot of the cases he prosecuted. There were numerous times when the evidence may ahve set a killer free and he instead agreed to a plea bargin.

    What a lot of people don't understand is that when a prosecutor doesn't have "hard core" evidence, they have to go with what investigators have given them. They don't normally collect the evidence themselves. We just heard about the SBI probe and how evidence and results may be setting some guilty people free.

  • Tired Of Excuses Sep 2, 2010

    I wonder if Jean Fewel's adopted Father wishes he'd changed his mind. I'll throw the switch for free. Ya won't even have to pay me.

  • Tired Of Excuses Sep 2, 2010

    Can I throw the switch?

  • ncwiseguy Sep 2, 2010

    orange county not big on death penalty.......thats just the beginning of the problems in that part of the world.....

  • anne53ozzy Sep 2, 2010

    It only makes sense, if it can at all, because this man doesn't want to be released. I would like to think it is because he knows his chances on the inside are far better than on the outside of prison.
    As to bashing Carl Fox, the jury decides the punshment and Orange county has not been big on death penalty for a long time.