A woman in her 50s who is accused of shooting her mother, who was 75 years old, in the head will soon be facing more serious accusations because her mother passed away after the incident.
Investigators believe that Paula Lee Decoteau shot her mother once in the forehead at their house on Spruce Pine Trail soon after midnight on Sunday morning. As a result, Paula Lee Decoteau is currently being held in jail on a bond of half a million dollars.
Two other people who were present in the house at the time of the shooting have reported to police that they heard Decoteau and her mother, Cheryl Garner Medlin, arguing prior to the shot being fired. They claimed that after that, Decoteau took their phones away and wouldn’t allow them to go as she deliberated on what action to do next. Approximately thirty minutes later, she allowed them to go and then called the emergency services.
After the arrival of first responders, Medlin was transported to Duke Hospital to receive medical treatment. On Sunday evening, deputies gave their official word that Medlin had passed away as a result of the injuries she sustained.
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Investigators have reportedly seized A.22 caliber rifle, which they suspect was the source of the gunfire, according to a source who spoke with ABC11.
Jonathon Perry, a neighbor, noticed law enforcement officials outside and could not believe the accounts of the brutality he heard from the cops.
“They’ve been my neighbors throughout the years….Very good people,” remarked Perry about his former close neighbors.
After kicking the arresting deputy in the chest, Decoteau is facing multiple charges, one of which is assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill, two counts of kidnapping, and assault on a government official. All of these charges are related to the fact that Decoteau attempted to kill the deputy. On Monday at 2:00 p.m., she is set to appear in court, where she will have homicide charges added to the case she is already facing.
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