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18-year-old Charged for Murder of Former Onslow

07/15/2017 at 12:23 | Posted by jblaze
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — The Jacksonville Police Department has charged a man with murder in the shooting death of a former Onslow County deputy at Woodlands Park. Will Welch Jr., 18, of Jacksonville, has been charged with an open count of murder. The body of William Clifton, 48, of Richlands, was found at 6:30 AM on Friday, July 7, in Woodlands Park. “This continues to be an open and active investigation” said Captain Weaver. “We anticipate additional arrests pending further investigation.” The reward for information in the case could total up to $5,000. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact JPD Detective Daniel Karratti at 910-938-6410 or dkarratti@jacksonvillenc.gov or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Clifton was under an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation at the time of his shooting. The SBI investigation, which is ongoing, started on May 5 after the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office reached out to SBI due to allegations against William Clifton regarding indecent liberties with a 12-year-old girl. The SBI said the alleged incident occurred in 2015, and Clifton left the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office in 2016. The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office was not investigating the allegations in lieu of the SBI’s investigation. Story by WNCT

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