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Update: Saturday night's murder victim identified, family claims gang was involved

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videoThe victim in last night's fatal shooting has been identified as 22-year-old David Terrell McPhatter, of Riegelwood. Family members told WWAY that gang members were responsible for the shooting. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Widow talks about arrest of three teens for husband's murder

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video Three teens are behind bars in Columbus County charged with murdering a man. Today, the wife of the victim says her husband did not deserve the fate he received, and she is fighting for justice. Full story...
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Three Columbus Co. teens charged with murder after bragging to classmates

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video Three Columbus County teenagers have been arrested and charged with murdering a Hallsboro man after deputies say they bragged to classmates at East Columbus High School. Sheriff Chris Batten says deputies found three of the victim's guns in the suspects' homes Thursday. Full story...
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Three teens arrested for Hallsboro murder

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Three teens have been arrested in Columbus County for a murder in the town of Hallsboro. Full story...
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NC appeals court upholds case of murdered Lejeune Marine

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A North Carolina appeals court is upholding the first-degree murder conviction of a former Camp Lejeune Marine who killed his pregnant colleague, then burned and buried her body in his backyard. Full story...
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More jurors being picked in NC murder trial

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A Raleigh man accused in the death of a member of North Carolina's State Board of Education is going on trial for his life. Full story...
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Lejeune Marine stabbed to death in DC; fellow Marine in custody

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A Marine is dead and another Marine is in custody after a stabbing incident in Washington, DC, early Saturday morning. The victim has been identified as Philip Bushong, 23, who was based at Camp Lejeune. Full story...
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Woman charged with murder after allegedly running down another with car

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Elizabethtown Police Chief Robert Kinlaw said Vanessa Jones, 50, of Bladenboro was believed to be visiting family at 310 Martin Street in Elizabethtown. Kinlaw said an argument got out of hand early yesterday morning, and Brittany Williams, 25, allegedly ran over jones. Full story...
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3 arrested, charged with murder in NC store holdup

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The Pitt County sheriff's office has arrested three people who are charged with murdering a convenience store owner's son and two of his relatives during a holdup. Full story...
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Grooms guilty of murder, apologizes to victims' family

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video A jury of eight women and four men found Thomas Grooms guilty of two counts of second degree murder, two counts of felony death by motor vehicle, one count of reckless driving and one count of open container in the accident that killed Trey and David Doolittle last April. The judge sentenced Grooms to 24-30 years in jail for his crimes. Full story...
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Grooms case goes to jury

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video A jury is deciding the fate of a man accused of hitting and killing a father and son cycling on River Road last year. Thomas Grooms took the stand in his own defense during his murder trial. He is accused of killing David and Trey Doolittle last April. Full story...
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Drifter pleads guilty to killing NC hikers in 2007

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A man convicted of murder in Florida and Georgia is accepting a life prison sentence without parole after pleading guilty in North Carolina to ambushing and killing an elderly couple hiking in a national forest. Full story...
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SBI: Grooms was drunk, on mephedrone at time of crash

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video Testimony today focused on test results in the trial of a man accused of hitting and killing two cyclists last year on River Road. Thomas Grooms faces two charges of second degree murder in the deaths of Trey and David Doolittle. Full story...
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Drug expert testifies in Grooms trial; ex-girlfriend on stand Monday

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video The trial of Thomas Grooms continued today with more testimony from law enforcement officers and a self-described "party girl" the prosecution says has information on grooms the jury needs to know. Friday, the jury in the Grooms trial learned more about the man behind the charges. Full story...
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Robbery suspect charged with murder after fatal car crash

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video A Columbus County man made his first appearance in court today to face charges of murder and other crimes after investigators say a robbery led to a deadly car crash. The Columbus County Sheriff's Office says Lloyd Thomas Buffkin, 32, Sidney Cherry Rd. is charged with murder, common law robbery and assault on a government official. Full story...
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