Beulaville murder suspect granted bond - WNCT

Beulaville murder suspect granted bond

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BEULAVILLE, N.C. -

A judge has granted bond for Max Turner, the man accused of killing a man who was in a car with Turner's wife in Beulaville last month. 

Tuesday, a judge issued a $750,000 bond for Turner.

If Turner posts bond, he must wear an electronic monitoring device and not leave his home. 

9 On Your Side just checked in with the jail and the sheriff's office. Turner has not yet posted bond. 

He's charged with an open count of murder.

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Details of a Tuesday night murder in Beulaville are becoming clearer.

An autopsy reveals 51 year old James Fountain died from a gun shot to the heart. 

Fountain died Tuesday night in Beulaville. Police Chief Joey Carter says Fountain was shot several times.

"Multiple gunshot wounds were to the body and the fatal shot that went through the chest and into the heart was the fatal bullet," said Chief Carter.

52 year old Max Turner was arrested at the scene and charged with Fountain's murder. Chief Carter says Turner's wife, Lisa was in her Tahoe with Fountain when the shooting happened. 

Chief Carter says it's unclear if Max Turner and James Fountain knew each other.

"The investigation is continuing. I cant exactly say that they did know one another or what their relationship was toward one another," said Chief Carter.

Turner is in the Duplin County Jail and has a bond hearing scheduled for Friday morning. Chief Carter says the department is working with the district attorney to see if additional charges could be filed.

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Authorities in Duplin County have identified the victim of a Tuesday night fatal shooting.

Police in Beulaville are trying to find out what led up to the shooting in the middle of town Tuesday night. They say 52 year old Max Turner killed James Fountain just before eight o'clock.

Lynley Herring owns Beulaville Florist and Gifts, where the shooting happened. She says she was upset when she heard the news.

"It's very tragic. It's terrible that something like that would happen anywhere. But it's odd, it's just odd that it was right here in front of the shop," said Herring.

Richie Bowen knows the murder suspect and says Turner is generally well liked in the town.

"We knew his family and knew him also, he seemed to be a good guy. He was a big farmer around here," said Bowen.

Turner is being held without bond in the Duplin County Jail. Beulaville Police are still investigating the circumstances of the shooting.

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