Man charged in deaths of NC town’s mayor and wife

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Sheriff's Deputies outside the Mayor's home (WNCN/CBS)

EDGECOMBE COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – A 25-year-old man has been charged in the deaths of a North Carolina mayor and his wife.

Authorities say Keith Williams killed Gary and Jackie Skelton. Deputies found the Leggett mayor and his wife on their property in Edgecombe County. The Sheriff says the couple had been shot to death.
Our affiliate station WNCN spoke throughout the day with Edgecombe county and Leggett leaders who call this a tragedy for the community.

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For one local, these murders have spurred fear.

“I mean you read about it all the time but when it’s dark so it just makes you rethink and makes you feel like you need to carry weapon with you at all times,” said Joe Edmundson.

The investigation is ongoing and a collaborative effort.