More charges added for NC man accused in Good Samaritan’s death

Marvin Jacob Lee in court. Source: Steve Ohnesorge/WBTV

NEWTON, N.C. (WBTV) – A man accused of fatally shooting a good Samaritan, who pulled over to help him, is now facing additional charges stemming from that night.

Marvin Jacob Lee, 27, was charged with four counts of attempted murder Tuesday morning when he appeared in a Catawba County courtroom.

Jefferson Heavner with his young son in a Facebook photo
Jefferson Heavner with his young son in a Facebook photo

According to investigators, Lee spun out on ice Friday night along Mathis Church Road.

Neighbors heard the incident and came out to help. Another driver, Jefferson Heavner, came upon Lee and pulled over to help him, deputies say.

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Lee was acting odd and belligerent, neighbors on scene say. Heavner and the neighbors discussed calling police when Lee apparently overhead them.

Lee reportedly opened fire on them, hitting Heavner. Sheriff Coy Reid says witnesses say that’s when Lee exited his vehicle, walked up to where Heavner was face down in the snow, and fired several more shots into his back, killing him.

At some point, Reid says Lee fired more shots in the direction of the others who had stopped to help, hitting a Jeep. No one else was hit.

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When deputies arrived at the scene, Lee reportedly refused to get out of the car. An armored car was called to the scene and deputies had to approach the vehicle with shields before Lee would get out of the car.

When he was taken into custody, the sheriff says Lee still had the pistol on him. Lee was arrested.

Tuesday morning, Lee was charged with four counts of attempted murder involving the neighbors who attempted to help him. He was also charged with one count of discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle.

Reid says it appears that Lee may have been intoxicated but they are not sure what substance may have been involved.

A search warrant allowed deputies to take a hair sample and that has been sent off to the lab for toxicology tests.

The sheriff says Lee exercised his right to remain silent and has not made any statements to investigators. Reid says it is an unusual case and “a very tragic situation.”

Lee is scheduled to have a probable cause hearing on February 15th but his cases could go before a grand jury next week.

He was given a $1 million bond on the new charges, though he still has no bond on the murder charge for Heavner’s death.

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