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Victim's brother disputes self-defense claim in fatal shooting

Posted July 14

— The brother of a Wake Forest man killed in a shooting over the weekend is disputing claims by the shooter that the act was in self-defense.

Jeffrey Daylon Mitchell, 47, of 27 Spring Lane, died Saturday evening on the porch of 89-year-old Calvin Anderson Ray's home at 101 Jordan Lane in Wake Forest.

Ray, whom police took into custody for questioning but did not charge, told WRAL News Sunday that he shot Mitchell after Mitchell broke down the door to his home and threatened him during a dispute about a broken air conditioner.

"I've seen Calvin threaten my brother. Calvin ain't scared of nobody," Mitchell's brother, Scott Mitchell, said Monday. "He should be charged with something."

Interim District Attorney Ned Mangum, however, said that he does not anticipate any charges being filed but that his office is still reviewing the case and evidence and waiting on a medical examiner's report.

"You always want to act deliberately and carefully when you're talking about charging somebody or not charging somebody with a homicide," Mangum said. "We take these decisions – each and every one of them – very carefully.'

Scott Mitchell said his brother rented a home from Ray and that the two frequently argued over the seven years that they knew one another. None of the disagreements, however, ever escalated to violence.

"They've had many confrontations many times, but my brother would never hurt him," Scott Mitchell said.

Ray, however, said Jeffrey Mitchell had threatened him several times over the past year.

"So, I wasn't taking any chances of him killing me after busting my door open and coming in on me," Ray said Sunday.

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  • dejr8875 Jul 15, 6:12 p.m.

    [b]WRAL[b] I honestly think you need a "like" button for some of the posts that are made, just to see how many people agree with the comments. So far today, I have read many that I agree with!! 

  • 678devilish Jul 15, 2:35 p.m.

    Apparently the brother did not know the violence in his own brother.

  • 678devilish Jul 15, 2:30 p.m.

    This was simple self-defense case. The elder gentlemen should never be charged. The perpetrator was dead wrong.

  • dejr8875 Jul 15, 1:11 p.m.

    [b]Super Hans there is not one thing fishy about this. The man knocked the landlord's door down. He protected himself, after all-he had been threatened by Mitchell prior to this. Self defense, open & shut case. Considering he also threatened the HVAC repairman also-who left the man's house, says enough for itself. I'm sorry he lost his brother, and his son had to see this event happen, but the man brought it upon himself when he kicked the door in.

  • pause to consider Jul 15, 10:10 a.m.

    I don't care if a family member says one of theirs is not capable of hurting someone. If you act violently, what can a non-family member expect? I don't think anybody, much less this 89 y.o. man should stand back to see if he's just going be yelled at, beat or killed AFTER the door is kicked in. Hot Heads need to remember that actions have consequences.

  • rachel Jul 15, 9:54 a.m.

    Just once I would like to see the family of someone who did commit a crime and whose family member suffered the consequences, stand up and admit their family member did something wrong and suffered as a result and have the guts to feel for the person who had to defend themselves-this "something should happen to him, my brother would never have..."-come on-he kicked the old man's door down after being told to leave-at 89 he sure didn't feel he would win a fist fight, so he shot the intruder-not a big jump here as to why-I am sorry the brother got shot but what person truly thinks in this day and age they can kick someone's door in and the person on the other side isn't armed? Duh

  • Ijaz Fahted Jul 15, 9:53 a.m.

    Not gonna act like I'd be any more rational than his brother if family was involved. But, this... View More

    — Posted by Listen2MeNowHearMeLater

    Well put.

  • Ijaz Fahted Jul 15, 9:52 a.m.

    Calvin should have been scared enough to know better than to break down the door of an armed... View More

    — Posted by geoherb1

    Great reading there bub. Calvin is the 89 year old man who's door was broken down. Not the other way around.

  • Lightfoot3 Jul 15, 9:20 a.m.

    "There's something really fishy about this one." - Super Hans


    What's fishy about it? The dude went looking for trouble and found it. I doubt the old man is a saint, but he still has a Vishnu given American right to defend himself.


    This is just another case of self-defense using a firearm. Happens all the time.

  • Super Hans Jul 14, 6:23 p.m.

    There's something really fishy about this one.

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