GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A man accused of murdering his father has entered a guilty plea.
The Pitt County District Attorney’s Office said Monday afternoon in a news release that it accepted a plea for 2nd-Degree Murder in the case of 21-year-old Nicholas Austin Langley.
Langley will face 15.8-to-20 years in prison.
Evidence revealed, according to the Pitt County District Attorney, showed Durwood Langely was asleep the night of his death and Nicholas Langley shot his dad in the head.
Assistant District Attorney Anthony Futrell states, “This case is domestic in nature and as such, are always emotional. These type cases are very depleting on the family. I witnessed this in the courtroom today, but I could not lose sight of the victim. I had to keep my finger on the pulse, Mr. Durwood Langley.”
Nicholas Langley didn’t release any motive as to why he shot his father.
Investigators said he initially told them the shooting death of his father was an accident. He was later charged with murder after the elder Langley died two days later.
The case continues for a 20-year-old Pitt County man accused of murdering his father.
Court officials said Nicholas Langley got a lawyer Thursday morning and didn’t have to appear in court.
Langley initially told investigators the shooting death of his father was an accident, but he was later charged with murder after Durwood Langley died.
In a call made moments after the shooting took place, frantic family members explained what they think happened.
“I heard a gunshot,” explained the caller. “I got up. My son had a gun in his hand. My husband’s been shot. He said there was somebody in the house. He heard something. He heard a noise outside.”
As the caller gives details to the operator, Langley’s sister assists Durwood while they wait for emergency crews to arrive.
The caller attempts to have Nicholas talk to dispatch. That’s when he takes off.
“He’s gone ballistic,” said the caller. “He’s gone crazy. He’s running down the street.”
When 9 On Your Side arrived on the scene of the incident just 30 minutes after the call was made, investigators said Langley was back at his home. Langley willingly went with deputies to the Pitt County Courthouse February 12 and was not charged until much later in the day.
His original charge of assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill was upgraded to murder when Durwood Langley died two days later.
Family members were not in the courtroom when Langley made his first appearance in February but have shared on Facebook that they support him.
The Pitt County Medical Examiner says Durwood Langley, 49, died due to his injuries sustained during a Thursday morning shooting.
Nicholas Langley, 20, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflict seriously injury in the early morning shooting of his father Durwood. Pitt County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Christy Wallace said the shooting happened around 2 a.m. on the 6100 block of Weyerhaeuser Road in Grifton.
Deputies said Nicholas Langley claimed he accidentally shot his father one time at their shared home. Wallace said no one else was injured during the incident. However, the victim’s wife and daughter were also inside the home at the time.
After a day of investigating the claim of an accidental shooting, detectives with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office obtained warrants for the charges. He is also being charged with misdemeanor larceny of property belonging to the Grifton Police Department. He was placed under a $1,000,000 secured bond.
Nicholas made his first appearance Friday morning.