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Three charged in target-practice shooting death

Posted January 29, 2010 11:09 a.m. EST

— Three people have been charged in the September death of a Vance County man who was killed by a stray bullet as he walked near his home, authorities said Friday.

John Thomas Satterwhite, 85, a World War II veteran and father of five, was found dead on a private path near his Tobacco Road residence on Sept. 4.

The Vance County Sheriff's Office determined that three people had been shooting at targets near the area where Satterwhite was walking, and a stray bullet hit him in the upper torso and killed him.

A grand jury indicted John Randy Woodlief, 30, of Kittrell, Darryl Craig Harting, 43, of Youngsville, and Dennis Matthew McDermott II, 29, of Rocky Mount, on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

McDermott hadn't been arrested as of Friday.