WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) -- A Columbus County man accused of murdering his own brother made his first court appearance today. Dale Duncan is charged with first degree murder. The judge set his bond at $500,000 secured. Police say Duncan shot his brother Randall twice, once in the chest and once in the back, with a shotgun with a shotgun Monday night.
"He was a good person," Randall's widow Ericia Duncan said of her husband. "He was a good daddy, hard worker. He provided for his family. Good husband. He took care of us. He really did."
Ericia says it all stemmed from a fist fight a couple months ago between one of Dale's sons and one of Randall's sons. Ericia says Monday night, Randall asked her for the keys and said he was going to a friend's house. He went to Dale's instead, and never came back.
"If they had just left everything alone, like it was, everything would have been fine," Ericia said. "Nothing like this would have ever happened."
Ericia says when she got to Dale's home, her husband was lying on the ground taking his last breaths. Along with Ericia, Randall leaves behind four sons and two grandsons. The entire family showed up to face their uncle in court.
Dale's wife Regina sat in the front row of the courtroom, quietly sobbing. When Dale was escorted out of the courthouse, he told Regina, "Don't worry. Everything's going to be alright."
"I feel good, and I feel sad," Ericia said. "I feel sad for his children. I just want everything to go ahead and be done and over with so we can get on with our lives."
Dale Duncan claims self-defense in the shooting. He is scheduled to be back in court August 24. If Dale makes bond, he will be put on electronic house arrest. He's also prohibited from making contact with Randall's family.
Ericia says the Duncan families spent holidays together, but were not very close. Randall Duncan's funeral is Friday at 11 a.m. at Inman Funeral Home in Tabor City.