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Sheriff: Man shot, killed would-be robber after being lured to home

The scene of the shooting in Catawba County.
The scene of the shooting in Catawba County. Dedrick Russell - WBTV

A Burke County man will not face charges after the Catawba County Sheriff’s office said he was lured to a home to be robbed and fatally shot one of the would-be robbers.

Deputies responded to a home in the 4400 block of Athens Drive in Newton around 8 a.m. Friday. When they arrived, deputies said David Darty was found shot inside the home. Darty later died.

The sheriff’s office said Logan Jett was lured to the house to be robbed and shot Darty in self-defense.

Sheriff Coy Reid said 22-year-old Debbi Jo Albright sent Jett a text early Friday to come the the home on Athens Drive.

Reid said all suspects involved are not strangers to the law and were drug users.

Also inside the home was 19-year-old Nicholas James Smith.

Albright and Smith have been charged with attempted armed robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Their bond is set at $100,000 each, and they have a Monday court date.

After the shooting, neighbors said Jett was banging on people’s doors looking for help after he was attacked.

“Looked like he had been beaten,” a neighbor said. “With a two-by-four or something. He had some gashes across his head.”

The neighbor said Jett knocked on his door. “He had a weapon. I pretty much demanded him to drop his weapon and he dropped his weapon.”

The neighbor said he pointed Jett’s weapon at him until police arrived.

Neighbors said they had never seen Jett before, but said Darty had been staying at the home.

“I’m in shock,” neighbor Helen Powell said. “I can’t even get over it.”

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