Local News

Warrants: Suspect in Rolesville homicide lied to police about shooting intruder

Posted May 2, 2016 8:55 p.m. EDT
Updated June 14, 2016 4:16 p.m. EDT

James Michael Aaron, 29, of 104 North Main Street was charged Sunday afternoon in connection with the incident.

— A Sunday morning shooting death in Rolesville followed a night of drinking by the victim and the suspect, who repeatedly told police he had shot an intruder, according to search warrants in the case obtained Tuesday.

James Michael Aaron, 29, of 104 N. Main St., is charged with murder in the death of Wesley Collin Carpenter.

Aaron called 911 at about 4:45 a.m. Sunday to report that he had shot an intruder in his home, police said. When Rolesville officers and Wake County deputies arrived, they found that Carpenter, 27, had been shot several times. He died after being taken to WakeMed in Raleigh.

Carpenter's wife, Sophia Media Carpenter, and the couple's child also were in Aaron's home when authorities arrived, but neither was harmed, according to an application for a warrant to search the house.

Investigators determined that Aaron was at the Carpenter home, at 1218 Colonial Club Road in Wake Forest on Saturday night, where both men drank heavily and used a wooden pallet to create a bonfire, according to an application for a warrant to search Aaron's Dodge Ram pickup. The men then went to Aaron's house in the pickup, the application states.

Aaron again told authorities outside his home that he had shot an intruder, and he denied even knowing Wesley Carpenter, according to search warrants. Investigators recovered text messages from Sophia Carpenter to Aaron giving him directions to the Wake Forest home, according to the search warrant for the pickup.

Police said Monday they found no evidence of forced entry to Aaron's home.

Authorities seized several bottles and cans of malt liquor from the Carpenter home and another bottle from Aaron's home, according to search warrants. They also took a handgun and a shotgun from Aaron's home, as well as six shell casings, two cellphones and a pill bottle.

Investigators stated in the application for the warrant to search Aaron's home that he might have been mixing prescription drugs with alcohol before the shooting.