Man kills step-father during dispute in Rutherford Co., deputies say

Stevie Wayne Swanger
Stevie Wayne Swanger (From: Rutherford Co. Sheriff's Office)

FOREST CITY, NC (WSPA) – A Rutherford County man is charged with murder after he shot his step-father during a dispute, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

According to deputies, Stevie Wayne Swanger told officers at a checking station around 3:15pm Tuesday that someone has been shot at a home on Jessica Lane.

Officers found the victim, David Ray, on the floor next to a bed. Ray was pronounced dead by EMS.

Swanger was taken into custody by Forest City Police at the checking station at the intersection of Doggett Road and Bethany Church Road on suspicion of DWI and had outstanding warrants. Swanger was later charged with second degree Murder in connection with the death of Ray. Swanger was held on $250,000 bond.

Swanger’s mother was also injured during the domestic dispute and was taken to the hospital.

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