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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

NC- Authorities say woman fatally shot boyfriend at home

3-2-2009 North Carolina:

A New Hanover County woman was charged with second-degree murder Tuesday in connection with the shooting death of her boyfriend, a sheriff's office spokesman said.

Betty Louise Malpass, 47, was taken into custody Tuesday after deputies responded to a shooting at her home at 210 Flemington Road, off U.S. 421 North. She is being held in the New Hanover County jail under a $500,000 secured bond and was scheduled to appear in district court this morning, deputies said.

The victim, Shane Allen Holloway, 31, was pronounced dead after he was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington with a single gunshot wound, said 1st Sgt. T.L. Fuss of the sheriff's office. Holloway was shot with a .22-caliber rifle about 11 a.m., Fuss said.

Holloway's father, Jasper, arrived at the scene shortly after Tuesday's shooting, following a telephone call from his 34-year-old son, also named Jasper, who lives next door to the home where Shane Holloway was killed. The father said he immediately jumped into his truck at the news and traveled from Castle Hayne, leaving his oxygen tank behind. Frustrated by the lack of information from deputies, Holloway left to be with his son at the hospital.

"My heart is going a million miles per hour," he said, as he was leaving for the hospital. "I need to be with him."

Holloway's employer Mike Akers said he also was called by the victim's brother about noon, informing him that Holloway had been shot in the chest with a rifle. Akers, who said he regularly drove Holloway home after work, said he was told a dispute had erupted between Holloway and Malpass that ended in gunfire.

"All I can say is he was a hard worker," Akers said.

Sheriff's deputies blocked Flemington Road as crime scene units were brought in to investigate. Meanwhile, about half a dozen neighbors mulled around the nearby Pine View Church yard, where they were left waiting, unable to return to their homes.

Holloway's criminal history includes convictions for drug possession, attempted child abuse, breaking and entering , as well as numerous larcenies that date back to 1995, according to the North Carolina Department of Correction.

Neighbor Sue Floyd said she had been concerned about Holloway living in the neighborhood after learning he was a registered sex offender. Holloway's name and photograph appear on the sheriff's office's sex offender Web site, which lists his address as 210 Flemington Road.

Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call at the Flemington Road address in February, said Brenda Hewlett , acting director of the county 911 center. ..Source.. by Arelis Hernandez, Star-News Intern


New Hanover Co. Woman pleads guilty to killing boyfriend in 2007

3-2-2009 North Carolina:

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A two-year-old murder case ended in a New Hanover County courtroom Monday after a woman charged with murdering her boyfriend put in a guilty plea.

48-year-old Betty Louise Malpass pleaded guilty to charges of voluntary manslaughter in the death of her boyfriend, 31-year-old Shane Allen Holloway.

A plea agreement called for Malpass to serve up to 9 years in prison.

Neighbors say the couple had gotten into an argument and the victim handed her a gun and told her to shoot him - so she did. They say she was in the heat of the moment and her emotions got the best of her.

Holloway died later that day at the hospital on August 7, 2007.

The couple lived on Flemington Drive and neighbors said they could constantly hear yelling and screaming from inside the home.

According to the North Carolina Department of Corrections, Holloway was a registered sex offender and had been convicted of several charges, including child abuse and drug possession.

Neighbors say it's rare when a domestic abuse case turns deadly and women would turn a gun, rather than turn to a friend for help.

As part of the plea agreement, Malpass will have a mental health assessment in order to pursue treatment for depression. ..Source.. by Lynda Figueredo

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