A teenager is charged in the murders of his father and stepmother.
Jacob Whitfield, 17, is in the Nash County jail on two counts of first degree murder.
Whitakers Police Chief Chris Wagstaff said officers went to a home at 503 Taylor Street about 11:30 p.m. Saturday after a 911 call that two people had been shot. When officers arrived, they discovered the bodies of the couple who lived there – Brian and Charisma Whitfield.
Officers also found Jacob Whitfield, his friend, and Whitfield’s younger brother, who is 10 years old or younger.
Neighbor Freddie Blackmon said he spoke with that child shortly after the murders.
“I asked him how he was doing and he said he was upstairs when he heard gunshots and then he came down and found both of them dead on the first floor,” Blackmon said.
Caroline Frazier and Brandi Aycock said they went to school with Jacob Whitfield at Northern Nash High School when he wasn’t living with his mother in Virginia.
"Every time I saw him at school, he didn't really have a lot of friends or people to talk to, but I didn't know him that well,” Frazier said.
"He always had that odd feeling about him, like I don't know, he was just real weird and he never seemed the type to do something like that,” Aycock said.
The couple was married three and a half years, according to a posting Charisma made on visajourney.com. Multiple neighbors verified the pictures on the site were of the couple.
On the site, Charisma, who is from the Philippines, listed her interests. Among them, “…most of all spend my time with my husband and his family!!”
According to a neighbor and the birth date listed on the site, Charisma Whitfield was killed on her 31st birthday.
Brian Whitfield was a nurse, according to neighbors.
"I hate something like this to happen to anybody, especially someone I knew,” said Donnie Frazier, a neighbor who had helped Brian Whitfield with some yard work in the past.
“It puts everything into perspective. Each day you just don't know what tomorrow holds for anybody,” he said.
Police have not yet released the 911 call made, nor identified the caller publicly.
Whitfield is being held without bond. Whitfield’s first court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday morning.
Nashville, N.C. — Two teenagers made their first appearance in a Nash County courtroom Tuesday on murder charges in the weekend shooting deaths of one of the teen's parents.
Jacob Whitfield, 17, was arrested Saturday night on two first-degree murder charges after Whitakers police say he shot his father, Brian Whitfield, and stepmother, Charisma Whitfield, in the couple's Whitakers home.
Whitakers Police Chief Chris Wagstaff would not comment Monday on a possible motive.
Jacob Whitfield's friend, Joshua Powers, 17, was arrested on the same charges Monday afternoon.
Investigators won't say how Powers might be involved in the crimes. The pair know each other from Northern Nash High School, where Jacob Whitfield attended until he transferred in November.
Their court appearances were brief. A District Court judge ordered that they be assigned public defenders and set their next court date for Aug. 2.
"I don't have any idea how he was involved in it," Powers' mother, Debbie Scott, said after her son's court appearance Tuesday morning. "I don't know what's completely going on."
Jacob Whitfield lives with his mother, Nicole Whitfield, in Chesapeake, Va., Wagstaff said, and had been visiting his father. The family, including Whitfield's 10-year-old half-brother, had been celebrating Charisma Whitfield's 31st birthday earlier in the evening.
According to the website VisaJourney.com, Brian Whitfield, 44, and his wife, married in November 2008. Charisma Whitfield was from the Phillipines.
Nicole Whitfield, who sobbed in court, said afterward that she is in "total shock" about what happened. She said she spoke to her ex-husband on Friday and that everything seemed fine.
"I'm more than heartbroken. There's no words," she said. "I wish I could change (what happened), and I'm sure Jacob wishes that, too. Jacob was a very sweet, caring, kind, intelligent kid."
Wagstaff said Jacob Whitfield called police after the shootings but that the teenager did not admit to them.
He seemed calm, Wagstaff said, and was talking about how nice the police car was and wanted to know if he were going to get a private jail cell and good meal.
"He asked me if North Carolina had the death penalty," Wagstaff said. "I didn't respond to him."
A second teenager has been charged with the murders of a Nash County couple that happened late Saturday night.
Joshua Powers and Jacob Whitfield have been charged with two counts of first degree murder. Both are 17-years-old and police arrested Whitfield Saturday night. Powers, who they say is a friend of Whitfield, was arrested Monday afternoon.
Whitakers police say the two are accused of killing Whitfield's father and step-mother, Brian and Charisma Whitfield. The shooting happened at the couple's West Taylor Street home after they had celebrated the woman's birthday.
Neither Whitfield or Powers has a prior record and neighbors describe them as quiet teens who kept to themselves.
The two are being held without bond and will have their first court appearance Tuesday.
A teen is charged with double murder after police say he fatally shot his father and stepmother in Nash County Saturday night.
Investigators said Brian Anthony Whitfield, and his wife, Charisma Whitfield, were the victims of a double homicide in Nash County.
Around 11:30 p.m. police responded to a call of a shooting at 503 West Taylor Street in Whitakers. There they found two people shot to death.
Early Sunday morning 17-year-old Jacob Whitfield was charged in the murders. He is now in jail under no bond.
Police say Whitfield lived with his mother in Virginia, but visited his Father in Nash County.
The bodies will be sent to Vidant Medical Center for autopsies.
Police say the suspect's friend and younger brother were also at the home at the time of the shooting.
The investigation is ongoing.