NC Sheriff Allegedly Ordered Former Deputy’s Murder

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A North Carolina sheriff was indicted on obstruction of justice charges in a murder-for-hire plot allegedly sparked by a former deputy’s threat to expose the sheriff’s racist statements, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins is accused of saying that the former deputy would soon unveil an audio recording of him using “racially insensitive language” to authorities in Raleigh and therefore “the only way you gonna stop him is kill him,” court records said, adding instructions on how to commit the murder without being identified. The State Bureau of Investigation has also been looking into accounting and operations of the Granville County drug interdiction unit, assisted by federal agents. Joshua Freeman, the former deputy, worked for the drug interdiction unit. That subsequent investigation continues.

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