NEWTON, N.C. — 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.