WEB FIRST: No Charges In Deadly Harkers Island Shooting

There will be no charges filed in a deadly shooting last month on Harkers Island.

Blake Hackworth of Mary Ella Drive was killed in the shooting.

Deputies say the 45-year-old man came after his mother and father with a crutch and threatened to kill them. Fearing for their lives Cleveland Hackworth fired his gun, hitting the son in the head.

Deputies say they made the decision after consulting with District Attorney Scott Thomas.


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  • by Joyce Location: Beaufort on Oct 8, 2009 at 02:22 PM
    This couple didn't want to hurt their son....they had done all they could to help him through the years...you don't know what you would have done if you had been where they've been. You don't know what other abuse they've endured...they were not bad parents except they did tooooo much for him!
  • by mike Location: kinston on Oct 8, 2009 at 12:13 PM
    (john) thats a easy answer you could be beat to death with a crutch (duh)
  • by da Location: da on Oct 8, 2009 at 12:01 PM
    Yes, a crutch can be considered a deadly weapon. Lets see,One good whack to the head , well, use your brain.a crutch can cause serious head trauma or death.
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Oct 8, 2009 at 11:50 AM
    The Bible says, be slow to anger. A crutch and any other object can kill depending on the rage of the individual. For this couple, forgive yourselves.
  • by John Location: Greenville on Oct 8, 2009 at 11:36 AM
    How would a crutch kill you?? I don't think that would have justified deadly force.
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