Man killed in Fayetteville domestic dispute; suspect in custody

Don Isiah Holmes, Jr.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – The man who was shot to death in a domestic dispute Sunday morning has been identified and Fayetteville police say they have apprehended the man accused in the murder.

The victim has been identified as Joseph Jerome Smith, 33, of 6894 Winchester St. in Fayetteville.

Authorities said that they believed the shooting stemmed from a domestic incident between Smith and his wife, Donna Holmes, 26, earlier in the day on Saturday.

Just after midnight, the suspect who is a brother of Holmes, Don Isiah Holmes, Jr., 26, of Jacksonville, showed up at the home on Winchester Street, police said.

Don Holmes confronted Smith about the earlier incident and they both became involved in a verbal dispute, police said. Don Holmes then shot and killed Smith, police said.

Don Isiah Holmes, Jr. has been charged with first-degree murder.

Holmes, Jr. turned himself into the Pender County Sheriff’s office “several hours ago,” Fayetteville Police said early Sunday evening.

Holmes was transported back to Fayetteville where he has been processed into the Cumberland County Detention Center where he remains without bond, police said.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Don Isiah Holmes, Jr., or the homicide is asked to contact Detective M. Ballard with the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 549-7326 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477). Crimestoppers information can also be submitted by text-a-tip on your mobile device by sending a message to 274637 (in the text box type “4Tip” followed by your message).

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