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Leland Police search for murder suspect

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LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- Leland Police are searching for a man they say shot and killed another man early this morning.

James Ketchum, 44, is wanted for the murder of Jason Anderson, 33.

"Officers responded, and once they responded and got to the address they discovered a deceased person," Leland Police spokesman Lt. Joseph Pierce said.

Neighbors did not want to talk to us on camera, but say this is generally a quiet community.

Anderson and Ketchum both have had run-ins with the law before.

According to the Department of Corrections website, Anderson served more than four years in prison for accessory after the fact to a 1999 murder. Since his release, Anderson has racked up a number of charges including assault on a female, forgery and larceny.

James Ketchum was convicted in 2012 in New Hanover County for assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a female. Records show Ketchum was convicted in 1991 in Halifax County on charges of kidnapping, larceny and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Lt. Pierce says Ketchum is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on where Ketchum may be is asked to contact Leland Police Department at (910) 371-1100 or your local law enforcement agency.

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Jason was a great man!!!

Jason was a great man his past did not hold a flame to the man he had became me I was his girlfriend for four years I was by him everyday and night for four years and I have nothing but love for him I don't have one bad thing I could think of about him because he was a great man he would help anybody he thought needed it that's how he love his life was from helping that sorry p.o.s!!people are judging Jason for his past and what's on paper but u will never know the wonderful man he became..if u ever took a day in his shoes when he was younger u might understand more but until then don't judge what u don't know!! Love u sweetheart till we meet again R.I.P baby

Great guy? Anderson?? Are you serious???

I have no doubt Mr Anderson was "much more than what a piece of paper says." I agree. But the piece of paper still says "ACCESSORY AFTER THE FACT IN A MURDER, ASSUALT ON A FEMALE, FORGERY, and LARCENY." So, when VICTORIA says; "he was a great guy," it makes me wonder what is so "great" about a man who would steal, lie, cheat, and HIT WOMEN.

KATHERINE B. said about WWAY: "you should be ashamed for bashing the victim in this tasteless manner." You're right, KATHERINE, "just because a victim has a record, (it) does not define the person as a whole." However, we all want FACTS from the news ...and they stated the facts. The reporter has no reason to "be very ashamed" of anything. Yes, "the family has had a devastating loss" but that is NOT suppose to "be the focus of the report," ...REPORTING is.

I hope someone will define the "great guy" part of Mr Anderson for me because all I know so far is that he lies, cheats, steals, hits women, and condones murder. I can't recall a single "great man" who has those same qualities. Please fill in the blanks for us.

I AM SOOOO TIRED OF PEOPLE BASHING MY COUSIN!!!!!

I AM SO TIRED OF PEOPLE BASHING MY COUSIN JASON ANDERSON!!!! YES HE DID DO BAD THINGS IN HIS SHORT LIFETIME BUT WHO DOESNT? HE WAS A GREAT GUY BECAUSE HE DID TRY TO DO THE RIGHT THING BUT YES SOMETIMES HE DIDNT BUT UNTIL YOU WALK IN HIS SHOES AND KNOW THE LIFE HE HAD THEN I BELIEVE THAT YOU SHOULDNT BE BAD MOUTHING HIM!!!!! EVEN THOUGH HE DID DO BAD THINGS HE WAS TRYING TO STRAIGHTEN UP HIS LIFE LIKE A GREAT GUY WOULD. THATS WHY HE GOT KILLED. IF ONE OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS WAS LIKE JAY YOU WOULDNT WANT PEOPLE SAYING THINGS LIKE ABOUT HIM OR HER!!! SO THERE IS YOU DEFINITION OF A GREAT GUY ONE YOU STOOD UP FOR HIS SELF THEN LOST HIS LIFE. R.I.P JAY

I hope they catch the

I hope they catch the guy...and then that'll be two less worthless people off our streets.

the shooting of Jason Anderson

Jason was a great neighbor and an even better friend he might have had a rocky past but he was still a great person he was fun to be around and great to talk to he will be missed so very much. R.I.P big j you will not be forgotten.

Jason was a good friend of

Jason was a good friend of mine and he will be dearly by so many people. Heart broken right now .

WWAY used to be a more

WWAY used to be a more reputable news company than this. You should be ashamed for bashing the victim in this tasteless manner. Just because a victim has a record, that does not define the person as a whole. You should be concentrating on the perpetrator of the crime and concentrate on his issues versus what the victim has had in his past. Be very ashamed of yourself reporter. The family has had a devastating loss and that should be the focus of the report.

A Precious Life

A precious life has been taken at the hands of another, regardless of what they have done in their past. Jason's history should not be used d to bash him when his OWN Precious Life was taken at the hands of another. My Love and Prayers goes to his family and friends that he had only for a SHORT LIFE TIME.

You are 100 percent right

You are one 100 percent right. In this article they should have focused on the fact he was a loving boyfriend, son, father, brother, cousin, and friend. His past should not have even been brought up. If for nothing else but respect for the family, give them time to grieve the tragic loss of a loved one before trashing someone's name. It is disrespectful and down right tasteless. this station should be just as ashamed as the rest in that area that did the same thing.

you are VERY RIGHT

i believe that they need to catch the idiot that killed my cousin instead of worrying about his rap sheet. that idiot did a whole lot more than jason but they bad mouth jason and not that idiot. i am praying that they catch that idiot that killed a very special guy in his ways. go have fun with tina and biggums jay you know they were there with open arms. love yall and i am praying for the rest of my family

Sorry

I find it disrespectful to the family and friends of the departed to post his rap sheet. You all should be ashamed. Those that knew Jason, knew he was much more than what a piece of paper says. No one knows his struggles, triumphs, or kindness because it can't be measured by a rap sheet. Truly tasteless reporting. The station should be ashamed!

God bless

Jason is a good friend and I will be prayin for his family and loved ones.

Payn for Jason's family &&

Payn for Jason's family && friends he was a great guy he's gna be truly missed R.I.P Jay

So sad.

Please everyone pray for Jason's family. He was a good guy with a heart of gold. I'm sure hi family and girlfriend is devastated and needs your prayers.

Sending prayers for all who

Sending prayers for all who loved this man.

So sorry

Donnie and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

we miss u

Family we need keep our head up we miss him dearly lord bless our family l

YES WE DO

yes we do need to keep our heads up looking at granddad,tina,biggums, and now jay. they are ALL looking at us and waiting til that idiot is caught. LOVE YALL and i am keeping yall in my prayers