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Charges dismissed in murder case

Revised on: 11.13.2017 at 11:49 a.m.

Posted on: 11.9.2017 at 05:22 p.m.

Dedrick Anders is a free man.

Superior Court Judge Kent Harrell approved a motion by defense attorney William Gore to dismiss second degree murder charges against Anders shortly before 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Anders shot and killed his brother-in-law, Eric Bowen, on Jan. 3, 2016 in the yard of the Pocosin Road home of Bowen’s mother and Anders’ mother-in-law, Kathen Bowen.

Bowen was shot while attempting to assault Anders, who was seated in his automobile and blocked in the driveway at the time. Harrell ruled in favor of defense claims that the killing fell under North Carolina Castle Doctrine statutes, which expanded the right to self defense in 2011.
Anders wept quietly as the judge read his decision, outside the presence of jurors. When the jury was brought back into the courtroom and heard the decision, several nodded vigorously and smiled at Anders and his family.

Today’s edition of the News Reporter features coverage of the trial through Wednesday afternoon, including emotional testimony by family members. Anders took the stand in his own defense Thursday afternoon.

Check back with nrcolumbus.com tomorrow for more on the case, and see Monday’s edition for a complete wrapup.

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