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Second man charged in death of Fayetteville veteran

Posted December 4, 2012

— Police on Tuesday charged a second man in the shooting death last month of a Vietnam War veteran in Fayetteville.

Charles Lamont Hope, 39, of Pedro Drive, was charged with first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy in the death of 67-year-old Wolfgang Joppich.

Joppich was shot in the chest behind a Krispy Kreme on Tally Ho Drive on Nov. 25. He died at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Police last week charged Terrane Kulaia Dukes, 18, of Weiss Avenue, with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the case.

Dukes maintained an older man killed Joppich, Dukes' mother, Daisy Davis, said after his arrest.

Joppich, who was known to frequent the area of Bragg Boulevard to feed feral cats, lived out of a van for years after growing up in Germany and serving in the Army for 16 years.

Police said robbery was the primary motive for the shooting, saying people in the community might have thought Joppich had money.

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  • Bartmeister Dec 5, 2:16 p.m.

    My overriding concern is that police officers don't get caught up in the public's "sentiment" by employing a lower standard of evidence for certain groups than they would for others due to the actions of few from said group. NotUrTypicalAmerican

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    And I'll give you that one, you know it happens. Valid concerns for all. Have a good one.

  • lopo Dec 5, 12:12 p.m.

    Crime is getting bad here in Fayetteville but its usually in certain neighborhoods and late at night.
    What we needs is to get rid of Moose Butler he has been in office too long and not tackling a situation thats out of control.
    Next is to get support groups like the NAACP to push anti crime and drugs and to better your life through personal responsibility and hard work and not tie the hands of law enforcement.
    Last, instead of EBT cards hand out more library cards.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Dec 5, 11:17 a.m.

    The subject discussion was who is perceived committing the crimes, sorry to summarize an entire group but the statement is fairly in line with public sentiment. You don't like it and doesn't make it right, and I get that. - Bartmeister

    Point granted. My overriding concern is that police officers don't get caught up in the public's "sentiment" by employing a lower standard of evidence for certain groups than they would for others due to the actions of few from said group.

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 5, 9:52 a.m.

    Hope they get all involved and the sentence is just. These crimminal who would do this to an elderly person would certainly not stop at harming others.

  • Bartmeister Dec 5, 9:38 a.m.

    Regardless of the numbers and the perception it may give, that's all it is, a perception. One that still encompasses entire class of people unfairly. It promotes the internal segregation of suspects within the minds of police officers. Discriminatory practices utilized prior to the introduction of any proof is the very definition of racial profiling/prejudice. NotUrTypicalAmerican

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    Agreed, and that supports the statement that offended you. It's ALL perception, right, wrong or otherwise. That however doesn't permit illegal profiling or discrimination on your rights. Not saying it doesn't happen, I'm a realist. The subject discussion was who is perceived committing the crimes, sorry to summarize an entire group but the statement is fairly in line with public sentiment. You don't like it and doesn't make it right, and I get that.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Dec 5, 9:17 a.m.

    You have to admit the numbers support the statement and perception. And the two in custody should and will have their due time in the court process.- Bartmeister

    Regardless of the numbers and the perception it may give, that's all it is, a perception. One that still encompasses entire class of people unfairly. It promotes the internal segregation of suspects within the minds of police officers. Discriminatory practices utilized prior to the introduction of any proof is the very definition of racial profiling/prejudice.

  • Bartmeister Dec 5, 8:55 a.m.

    Look at the picture. Nuff said about profiling y'all. The truth and facts are in front of you.- Uhavenoclu

    So, you're saying that police should have carte blanche in harassing and stopping me because I share a skin color with these two murderers? NotUrTypicalAmerican

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    I have to agree with Uhavenoclu. All too often and typical.

    @NotUr - No they don't and shouldn't have carte blanche in harassment and illegal stops, not whats being discussed. You have to admit the numbers support the statement and perception. And the two in custody should and will have their due time in the court process.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Dec 5, 8:35 a.m.

    Look at the picture. Nuff said about profiling y'all. The truth and facts are in front of you.- Uhavenoclu

    So, you're saying that police should have carte blanche in harassing and stopping me because I share a skin color with these two murderers?

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Dec 5, 8:33 a.m.

    39 years old... Man, that's too old to be that ignorant.

  • Uhavenoclu Dec 4, 7:54 p.m.

    Look at the picture. Nuff said about profiling y'all.
    The truth and facts are in front of you.

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