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Man charged with slaying brother-in-law

Posted October 6, 2008 7:38 p.m. EDT

— The Vance County Sheriff's Office arrested and charged a Henderson man in the fatal shooting of his brother-in-law Saturday night.

Deputies responded to a call about a domestic dispute and possible shooting at 630 S. Cokesbury Road around 9 p.m. They found Charles Ray Steed, 55, lying on the back steps of the home.

Steed, of 596 S. Cokesbury Road, had been shot once in the abdomen with a small-caliber handgun, deputies said. He was transported to Maria Parham Medical Center, where doctors pronounced him dead.

Deputies charged Steed's brother-in-law and neighbor, Hammond Allen Hight, 39, of 630 S. Cokesbury Road, with first-degree murder.

A judge denied Hight bond at his first court appearance Monday. He was being held at the Vance County Jail Monday afternoon.