Stranded North Carolina Driver Charged With Killing Man Who Stopped to Help

January 23, 2016 Updated: January 23, 2016
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NEWTON, N.C.—A North Carolina man is charged with killing a motorist who stopped to help after the suspect’s car slid off an ice-covered road.

Jail records show 27-year-old Marvin Jacob Lee of Claremont was at the Catawba County jail Saturday on a murder charge pending a court appearance Monday. A jail spokeswoman said no attorney was listed as representing him. A sheriff’s office spokesman did not return calls seeking details of Friday’s shooting.

Multiple media organizations reported Lee had run off an icy road when a passing truck with three men stopped to help around nightfall Friday. Sheriff Coy Reid said Lee became agitated and the men called police to come help Lee, who then started shooting.

Reid identified the victim as 26-year-old Jefferson Heavner of Newton.