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09-07-2018, 03:30 PM

Tarboro man just out of prison charged in deaths of Leggett mayor, wife


Tarboro, N.C. A Tarboro man who was released from prison last week was charged Friday in the deaths of Leggett Mayor Gary Skelton and his wife in their Edgecombe County home.

Keith Earl Williams, 25, of Daniel Street, was charged with first-degree murder and was being held without bond in the Edgecombe County jail.

Sheriff Clee Atkinson said a person of interest in the case was being held on unrelated charges. He didn't identify that person.

Deputies found Skelton and his wife, Jackie Dawn Skelton, dead inside a home at 7218 N.C. Highway 33 in Leggett on Thursday evening after they went there to check on the welfare of a resident.


WRAL News learned that the request for a welfare check came from Jackie Skelton's co-workers at Vidant Oncology when she failed to show up for her job as a nurse Thursday.

Atkinson confirmed the Skeltons had been shot but didn't release any other details in the case, including a possible motive for the crime.

Williams was released from prison on Aug. 28 after serving a little over a year for assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to state Department of Public Safety records. He previously had been convicted of larceny and assault on a child.

09-07-2018, 05:46 PM

Edgecombe County town mayor, wife found dead in home; 2 charged with murder


Two men have been charged in connection with the deaths of a small town mayor and his wife in Edgecombe County.

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Keith Earl Williams, 25 of Tarboro, has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Leggett Mayor Gary Skelton and his wife, Jackie Skelton.

A second person, Mitchell Brinson, 18, of Tarboro, is also charged with first-degree murder.