ROXBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — Authorities have charged two people in connection with the May shotgun slaying of a Person County father, according to Person County Chief Deputy Kevin Crabtree.
Ashley Marie Pruitt, 19, of Roxboro was arrested Thursday and charged with murder and non-negligent homicide, the Person County Sheriff’s Office said.
Walter William Kyle Chambers, 21, of Roxboro was arrested in Cary on Thursday and later charged accessory to murder after the fact
The Sheriff’s Office said Pruitt’s sister was in a relationship with the victim, Leonard Pettiford.
Pettiford was killed by shotgun blasts to the face and torso, authorities have said. His son discovered the body about 10:20 p.m. May 6, after Pettiford failed to show up for work, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
“We do think that it had been several hours. It was not fresh when we first got there. So he had been down for some time,” Person County Sheriff Dewey Jones said at the time.