UPDATE: Maysville Ditch Dispute Murder Trial Continues

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

The prosecution rested Thursday in the murder trial of a Maysville man accused of shooting his neighbor over a drainage ditch dispute.

One of the state's witness testified that William Littleton said he would shoot anyone who tried to grade the dirt road in front of his house which is something the state says 72-year old Luther Kaemming was doing the day he was shot 3 times. Littleton is charged with first degree murder in the death of Kaemming.

If convicted, Littleton faces life in prison without parole.

Jurors have been selected in the murder trial for William Littleton in Onslow County. Littleton of Maysville is accused of shooting his neighbor Luther Kaemming in 2008 because of a dispute about a drainage ditch.

Kaemming was shot three times in the chest in front of Littleton's home the day before he was scheduled to testify against Littleton in district court. At the time, Littleton was facing 2 misdemeanor counts of obstructing streams and drainage ditches for allegedly filling a ditch in front of his home which caused nearby ditches to flood. Reports say Littleton's family says he was trying to protect himself against Kaemming who was trying to run him over with a tractor. Neighbors say Kaemming was just grading dirt that day.

Littleton faces life in prison without parole if he is found guilty of first degree murder.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2010 at 04:04 PM
    I guess he is a hero.
  • by will Location: jville on Oct 6, 2010 at 07:59 AM
    People just make some dumb decisions over a drainage ditch hope he gets whats coming.How can a life compare to a ditch ?
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Oct 6, 2010 at 06:45 AM
    I bet he wished now that he just let the other guy have it his way.
  • by Why Location: ENC on Oct 5, 2010 at 10:34 PM
    Do you mean to tell me this moron, is willing to give his life for a drainage ditch? I completely understand the frustration he felt; however, there are more intelligent ways to settle a dispute. God bless them both!

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