BOLIVIA, NC (WECT) - A man who was wanted on first degree murder charges in connection to a Leland homicide, made his first court appearance this morning. James "Jimmy" Ketchum appeared before a judgeMore >>
A man who was wanted on first degree murder charges in connection to a Leland homicide, made his first court appearance this morning. More >>
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Accused murderer James ‘Jimmy' Ketchum spoke only to WECT on Thursday about what happened the night he is accused of murdering Jason Anderson.
Ketchum would not admit to killing or not killing Anderson, but says the situation isn't as it appears.
"It's not what it looks like," Ketchum said. "I really can't say nothing until my lawyer does it and all that kind of stuff, man. A lot of people are saying a lot of this, a lot of that. They don't know nothing, it's a bunch of lies."
When asked if he was guilty of shooting Anderson, Ketchum adamantly stated, "I'm damn sure not guilty in the way they say it, not like that, as a cold-blooded killer? No sir."
We then followed up with his defense of being not guilty, and asked Ketchum why he ran from officers after a brief chase in Wilmington on Wednesday. He unsteadily replied, "Who wouldn't run?"
During the conversation Ketchum became more and more unsure of himself, and felt uneasy about continuing the conversation.
Our brief phone interview ended with Ketchum nervously hanging up, "I wasn't really prepared to talk and that y'all are going to record it and put in on the air or whatever, whatever right? I should have thought this through better. I'm sorry. Good day, buddy."
Ketchum is currently being help in the Brunswick County Jail without bond. He made his first court appearance Thursday morning, and be in court again on March 10. During that hearing a judge will decide if there is enough evidence to charge him with first degree murder.