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Wendell man tells 911 dispatcher he shot teen who entered his home

Posted December 27, 2012

— A Wendell man told a 911 dispatcher last week that he fatally shot a Corinth Holders High School freshman when the teen entered his home.

The information Robert Keith Furey provided in the call, which was released Thursday, differs from the story he told Johnston County Sheriff's Office investigators.

Authorities said Saturday that Nick Exley, 15, was killed late Friday while Furey was showing him a gun and it went off.

In the 911 call, Furey said he shot Exley with a "high-powered rifle" as the teen walked into his home at 200 David Road through the open front door. He told the dispatcher that he didn't know who was coming inside when he fired.

"I've known him since he was a little child. Oh, I cannot believe this," Furey, who becomes more distraught as the call goes on, told the dispatcher. "I just killed my little buddy."

Exley lived with his grandmother across the street from Furey.

Furey, 55, has been charged with voluntary manslaughter in the incident. He is being held in the Johnson County jail under a $250,000 bond.


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  • jjsmith1973 Dec 28, 2012

    @nchighlander what does this man's DWI charge have to do with this story or are you one of those that will constantly use something like that to your advantage no matter when or how old or not knowing the circumstances?

  • icmfal Dec 28, 2012

    The man should be charged with 1st degree murder.

  • dwntwnboy2 Dec 28, 2012

    Wonder why this guy was so paranoid as to have a rifle on hand to shoot whomever was walking in his open door? Does he often raise a rifle at visitors to his home? There is a LOT more to this story we aren't getting.

  • bootycakes78 Dec 28, 2012

    This is indeed a true Tragedy,My daughter rode the bus with Nick and he was a great Child, a innocent Child. I think this was a accident, however when you own a gun, anytime that bullet leaves the chamber, you need to be sure where its headed, and be able to accept responsibility for anything not intended!We need to push for stronger gun safety laws,some people are just unaware of the safety measures with owning a gun.

  • Ken D. Dec 28, 2012

    "every person should know not to be in front of the barrel."

    Seriously? When you go into your next door neighbor's home, are you expecting someone to be pointing a gun at you?

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Dec 28, 2012

    I feel for Furey for the guilt he's going to carry from now on. Manslaughter is the proper charge as there was no harm intended. Anyone who owns a gun ought to know not to point the barrel in the direction of someone else; and every person should know not to be in front of the barrell. Accidents happen, and doing stupid things usually attracts danger. Prayers for the family of Nick Exley - they are going through the worst times any parents could go through.

  • redhottiger3812 Dec 28, 2012

    I work for a 911 center and let me tell you what we get told is not always what happens. For one of two reasons if it is a heated situation they tell you something just to get someone there and Like this situation I believe the caller was in shock of what happened and this sometimes does have an affect on what they say. It is like when we ask for a description of the suspect and they say I cannot remember but yet when the officers get on scene they have a full head to toe description. I feel for both families involved in this tragic accident

  • Relic Dec 28, 2012

    Very sad. Either way it's still not an excusable incident whether it was mistaken identity or an "accidental" discharge. It's still manslaughter and the law should be applied. Being able to own a firearm and use it for defense does not mean that you are not responsible for what happens, no matter how "sorry" you are.

  • panseyarnold Dec 28, 2012

    I wonder if he owned the gun legally, Another kid is dead because of a irresponsible person owning a gun. I have been praying for everyone involved .

  • mrsox05 Dec 28, 2012

    I believe it was an accident and he didn't know what to say because he was in disbelief and panic when he called 911. By the time police got there he probably was more stable and could tell the truth. That's just my opinion.