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Pair arrested for New Hanover County murder appear before a judge

Published: Jun. 27, 2021 at 12:23 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 28, 2021 at 3:23 PM EDT
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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two people in connection with a murder they say stemmed from a domestic violence altercation.

The Sheriff’s Office says Amber Baird and Jeffrey Brock got into an argument Thursday night near Castle Hayne Road when Baird called her friend Woodie Shepard to come pick her up. When Shepard arrived, officials say he shot Brock with a shotgun.

Baird and Brock were homeless and living in the woods, according to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials say Baird returned to the scene Saturday and contacted the Sheriff’s Office. After warrants were obtained for Shepard for first degree murder, he turned himself in to detectives at the New Hanover County Detention Center.

Shepard appeared before a judge Monday morning and was denied bond. His case has been referred to the capital defender’s office.

The victim’s girlfriend, Baird, was also charged with accessory after the fact. Brock’s family was in court Monday afternoon when she appeared before a judge via videoconferencing. Warrants say she’s accused of helping Shepard escape after the shooting, and searching for shell casings fired by the murder weapon. Prosecutors added that when deputies searched Baird, she had the victim’s wallet.

Baird’s bond was set at $500,000 Monday morning.

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