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Norlina woman charged with killing her mother

Posted September 23, 2014

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— A Norlina woman was arrested and charged Tuesday with killing her mother, the Warren County Sheriff's Office said.

Rhonda Lyvaunne Pettus, who lived with her mother at 497 Axtell Ridgeway Road, is charged with first-degree murder.

Rhonda Pettus remained in the Warren County jail Tuesday under no bond. Her first scheduled court appearance is Oct. 8.

A relative of Nell Pettus, 58, found her body outside the home last Wednesday night, authorities said.

An autopsy determined she had been shot.

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  • euimport1 Sep 24, 2014

    failed the course in peaceful conflict resolution. no excuse for her

  • andreanicole686 Sep 24, 2014

    I had the suspects daughter as a student last year. Very sweet girl. I feel horrible for that child. She lost her mom and grandma.

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Sep 24, 2014

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    What? Was that supposed to be funny? Fail...

  • Snakebite Survivor Sep 24, 2014

    At least she can plead for mercy on the grounds of being an orphan.

  • ProudMommyOf2Girls Sep 24, 2014

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    YES I AM PRETTY SURE THAT WAS THE CASE... SAD TO SAY THAT IS MY BIGGEST CONCERN WITH A SIBLING OF MINE.

  • Brenda Love Sep 24, 2014
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    For a second there I was hoping maybe the mother was really sick and the daughter assisted her to die.....but nope, this just looks like plain old fashioned murder.

  • BigBrokeBill Sep 23, 2014

    Maybe the mother was trying to get her daughter to be self sufficient and live on her own. I'd say she was unwilling to go, perhaps.

  • Quid Malmborg Sep 23, 2014
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    Only charged. Guilt remains to be proven.

  • jwsawyer Sep 23, 2014

    Wonderful plan. She apparently did not learn that there are many other ways to resolve a problem.

  • North Carolina Cutie Sep 23, 2014

    How could you kill your mother, someone who gave you life. Some people just don't respect others. This is sad.