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Funeral set for man killed trying to defend his wife

Posted July 11, 2010 8:34 p.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2010 3:56 p.m. EDT

— Visitation will be held Monday for a 78-year-old Moore County man who was shot in a shootout last month with three men trying to rob his wife, a clerk at a Lakeview convenience store.

Angus Kelly died Friday morning at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where he had been listed in critical condition since the June 28 robbery.

Friends said Kelly often waited outside the Exxon Short Stop Food Mart to protect his 75-year-old wife whenever she was the last one working at the store.

He had driven up to the store that night to see three men robbing his wife at gunpoint. He fired a shotgun through the window, striking one man in the face.

The getaway driver fled, and two other men inside the store used Grace Kelly as a shield, prompting an exchange of gunfire in which the husband and wife were shot, investigators said.

Grace Kelly was treated for a gunshot wound in the arm and released from the hospital that night.

The Kelly family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Boles Funeral Home in Southern Pines. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Yates-Thagard Baptist Church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Memorials in his honor can be made to the Prancing Horse Center for Therapeutic Riding, P.O. Box 327, Southern Pines, N.C. 28388.

Meanwhile, a grand jury on Monday indicted the four men charged in the shooting on murder charges.

Randy Joel Williams, 17, Leroy Richard Medley, 20, Paris Yusef Mack, 17, all of Southern Pines, and Demarcus James Dennison, 18, of Polkton, also are charged with two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and one count each of first-degree kidnapping and armed robbery.