Slain NC woman had protective order against murder suspect

North Carolina
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HURDLE MILLS, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina have charged a man with killing a woman who’d taken out a restraining order against him two months before her slaying.

News outlets report Orange County sheriff’s deputies charged Timothy Wade Parnell with murder on Thursday in the death of Anne Kirkpatrick, whose body was found Sept. 8 strewn across her front yard in Hurdle Mills.

Sheriff Charles Blackwood said in a news release that neighbors told officers they’d heard shots that morning, but no one called 911 at the time.

Kirkpatrick had a domestic violence protective order against Parnell, requiring him to stay 1,000 feet (305 meters) from her. In the July order, she stated Parnell had grabbed her by the neck after he reportedly got angry at her for looking at another man.

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