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Detectives investigate a shooting death in the parking lot of Jungle Rapids in Wilmington on Oct. 18, 2017. (Photo: Andrew James/WWAY)
Detectives investigate a shooting death in the parking lot of Jungle Rapids in Wilmington on Oct. 18, 2017. (Photo: Andrew James/WWAY)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – He would not allow us to record video or audio of the conversation, but Paris Duncan, the suspect in a shooting death outside Jungle Rapids in October, sat down with WWAY’s Andrew James at the New Hanover County Jail hours after a judge set Duncan’s bond at $500,000 in Christopher White’s murder case.

Duncan, 21, is charged with first-degree murder, conspiring to sell marijuana and possession of a firearm by a felon. He says the murder charge does not fit the crime.

“It was self defense,” Duncan said over the phone at the jail visitation room.

He went into more detail as well saying the evidence at the scene would prove his claim.

“He shot first,” Duncan said referring to White.

He claimed that White used 17-year-old Colin McElreath’s gun and shot at him while he was inside his car. Wilmington Police charged McElreath with having a gun as a minor. McElreath, Steven Martinez, 21, and Christopher Hallman, 16, are also charged in connection with White’s death.

Duncan went on to say that he does not know why the district attorney charged him with first-degree murder. He said he had never met White before that evening and that there was no way the killing could have been premeditated.

We reached out to the district attorney for comment and we’re waiting to hear back.

Before leaving the bond hearing Duncan addressed White’s family saying, “The truth will come out, but I am extremely sorry for what happened. I think and dream about it every day and night.”

We spoke to White’s family after the bond hearing. His mother, still visibly distraught and fighting back tears, said she wants justice for her son and that Duncan should get what he deserves.

The assistant DA did tell the judge they will not seek the death penalty in this case. Duncan is scheduled to be back in court in January.

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  • Guest2020

    My question is why is the death penalty being taken off of the table, since he is being charged with first degree murder.

    • Bryan Leonard

      Good luck with that. Our justice system doesn’t even put down murderers that kill innocent toddlers or have killed multiple people. They surely wouldn’t for a shooter in a drug deal gone bad scenario.

    • Christopher Meyers

      Because Ben David doesn’t know how to prosecute a case based on its merits. Everything he deals with is a plea bargain, even when unnecessary. This is one of the main reasons we have so many violent, multiple Felons walking freely among us every day! They made a deal with Bargain Ben!

  • Bryan Leonard

    Yeah right…self defense? Then why did you all flee the crime scene.

  • Christopher Meyers

    “Self defense”? Really? Another example of irrational thinking by a criminal. He’s a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing a firearm, yet he had one. He was involved in a drug deal that went bad. He killed another human being during the commission of a crime. It doesn’t matter who “shot first”.
    Drugs, guns, murder and prior felony convictions…the perfect recipe for life in prison! Making mamma’s proud every day!

    • mike gerics

      it doesn’t matter who shot first?

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