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History of disputes may have led to Whiteville murder

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We now know more about the fatal shooting at a Whiteville apartment complex early Tuesday morning. Police said Danny Nobles shot his neighbor Thomas Melvin at least a dozen times. There was a long history of disputes between the two, and there are some who think this extreme outcome could have been prevented. Twenty-three-year-old Danny Nobles is in jail after confessing to shooting 53-year-old Thomas Melvin, who lived below him in the Saw Mill apartment complex. Paul Norris is a former neighbor of the two men, and moved away from the Saw Mill complex because of violence and drug use. He said he often witnessed Melvin harassing Nobles. "Mr. Melvin would threaten him, spit on him, stuff like that. Danny was quiet, he was a quiet neighbor, a good neighbor." Nobles' relatives didn't want to appear on camera, but said Nobles complained to police several times about Melvin, and they are concerned his complaints went unanswered. The Whiteville Police Department has four reports on file related to police responding to the two men. Two were filed by Nobles, one by Melvin, and one for Tuesday's murder. Nobles’ family said about a week and a half ago, Nobles went to the magistrate's office to file complaints against Melvin; they said nothing came of it. Nobles remains in the Columbus County jail. The case is now in the hands of the district attorney's office.

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