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North Carolina woman accused of violent offense

A woman has been charged in the death of her sister following an alleged shooting in Carolina Beach, according to local law enforcement. In the face of such a violent offense, the charges are severe -- she faces a charge of second-degree murder for her supposed connection with the death. North Carolina authorities have been closed-mouthed about what may have precipitated the incident.

It is unclear precisely what happened on the morning of April 1, when local residents called police after hearing gunshots. Officers arrived at a condominium where they say they found the victim suffering from one or more gunshot wounds. The extent of her injuries was not reported, but she was pronounced dead either onsite or later in the day.

The woman's sister, a 54-year-old local woman, was arrested and charged in connection with the fatality. As of this report, she is in custody under a $287,000 bond, and it is unclear whether she has retained legal counsel. No further court date was specified in connection with this case.

When someone is murdered and a family member is accused of committing the violent offense, considerable investigation will be necessary to determine whether the accused individual is in fact guilty of such a personal crime. North Carolina prosecutors will need to provide compelling evidence to suggest that the woman did indeed shoot her own sister. Considering the lack of information available about this case, the defense team will want to scrutinize the prosecution evidence to enter legal challenges where appropriate and to prepare for the criminal proceedings to come.

Source: news-record.com, "Carolina Beach woman charged in sister's death", , April 1, 2014

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