Police have made at least two arrests in the killing of the mayor of a small North Carolina town and his wife, authorities announced Friday.
Leggett Mayor Gary Skelton and his wife, Jackie, were found dead in their home Thursday afternoon. Police went to the home after they got a call that Jackie Skelton, a nurse, failed to show up for work, police said.
“It sickens me and they were the epitome of good people. They were awesomely good people,” Town Commissioner Teresa Summerlin told WRAL.
Edgecombe County Sheriff Cleveland Atkinson announced Friday that Keith Earl Williams, 25, who lived in the area and has a criminal history, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. A second man, who was not identified, was also arrested.
The couple died from gunshot wounds, according to the Associated Press.
Williams had recently been released from jail for charges of possession of a firearm by a felon and assault with a deadly weapon, the Charlotte Observer said.
WHAT WE KNOW: The mayor of Leggett, Gary Skelton, and his wife Jackie were found murdered in their home this morning after being reported missing.
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