State briefs: Man shot to death at park, teen wounded
The Associated Press
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
HIGH POINT — Police in North Carolina said one man was killed and a 13-year-old girl was wounded after a shooting at a park
High Point police said a park ranger found 18-year-old James B. Murray Jr. of Kernersville lying in the grass Sunday with a gunshot wound and started performing life-saving measures that were not successful.
Police said officers heard of a second victim. The girl was taken to the hospital in a private car and was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg and released.
Investigators said multiple shots were fired from an elevated position.
According to police, there were between 15 and 20 people in the park before the shooting and when law enforcement arrived, multiple people ran away.
Documentary prosecutor died of natural causes
DURHAM — An autopsy said natural causes claimed the life of a North Carolina prosecutor found dead at home last year amid attention over “The Staircase” documentary series.
Freda Black helped prosecute the 2001 killing examined by the documentary. An autopsy released on Monday by the state medical examiner cited liver disease due to alcoholism as the cause of death.
Police have said Black was found dead last July and the 57-year-old’s death did not appear suspicious.
Black gave closing arguments at the 2003 trial that ended with novelist Michael Peterson convicted of murdering his wife. A judge later ordered a new trial, and Peterson entered a special plea in 2017 acknowledging prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him of manslaughter.
The case received renewed attention after Netflix distributed new episodes of “The Staircase.”
Pilot found dead after plane disappears
GLENVILLE — Officials in North Carolina said a pilot has been found dead after a single-engine plane disappeared from radar during a flight from Tennessee to South Carolina.
News outlets report the Glenville-Cashiers Rescue Squad said searchers found the plane south of Whiteside Mountain on Friday. Officials said the pilot, 59-year-old Gary Lee Huttleston of Aiken, S.C., was dead. He was the only person aboard the plane.
Officials said Huttleston left Island Home Airport in Knoxville for Aiken, South Carolina, on Thursday evening and was last seen on radar over Jackson County.
Federal Aviation Administration records state he had reported a loss of altitude. The Mooney M20C registered to Huttleston was manufactured in 1965.