Jackson County man now charged with murder after shooting victim dies

Billy Dwight Carter

Bond was set at $250,000.

Posted: Aug 13, 2021 11:42 AM

A Pisgah man now faces a murder charge after the death of his victim, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Billy Dwight Carter, 32, shot James Jeremy Owens on Aug. 7, the sheriff's office said.

Owens died about 1:22 p.m. Aug. 12.

Carter surrendered at the Jackson County Jail about 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12. His bond was set at $250,000.

It was the second time this week that Carter turned himself in. He initially surrendered on Aug. 9 on an attempted murder charge related to the shooting of Owens. That bond was set at $75,000.

Deputies responded with Hollywood and Stevenson police officers to a shooting call on County Road 287 in Stevenson about 10:30 p.m. Aug. 7, the sheriff’s office said.

Owens identified Carter as the suspect even though he “was found to have one or more gunshot wounds,” the sheriff’s office said.

Carter was airlifted to a hospital in Chattanooga, TN, according to the sheriff’s office.

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