- Associated Press - Monday, October 2, 2017

NEWTON, N.C. (AP) - Authorities have made an arrest in connection with the death of a man who was shot in the head through a window while sitting in a recliner in a North Carolina home.

News outlets report 23-year-old Jeffery Douglas Brittain, of Maiden, was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with felony murder in the Thursday night death of 19-year-old Justin Tyler Smith.

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that deputies believe the slaying was “over a dispute about a girl.”

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said Smith’s body was discovered when a man coming to the Newton home to cut the grass Friday afternoon found a bullet hole in the window.

Brittain is scheduled to appear in court Monday morning. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.


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