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Two arrested for shooting at Mount Airy store

Posted November 11, 2009

— Police in North Carolina say two more suspects have been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of four people in the town used as the model for Mayberry in "The Andy Griffith Show."

Mount Airy police say 56-year-old Kathy Young Barnette and her son, 34-year-old Gregory Brandon Holt, were arrested Tuesday in Patrick County, Va. Authorities said Barnette and Holt live in Claudeville, Va.

The suspects will be extradited to North Carolina, if needed, where they will face charges of accessory after the fact to murder.

Police in Mount Airy said four men were killed Nov. 1 when someone opened fire at a television store there. Police do not believe the shootings were random, but Mount Airy Police Chief Dale Watson said they did not plan to release a motive.

Twenty-nine-year-old Marcos Chavez Gonzalez is charged with four counts of murder in the slayings. Gonzalez was arrested in Henry County, Va.


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  • go4gin Nov 11, 2009

    How about explaining how they were accessories after the fact? There's an awful lot still not being told about this story.

  • 6079 SMITH W Nov 11, 2009

    Why NOT release a motive...we would all like to know why this brainiac murdered four people....DO tell.