UPDATED: Man Makes Court Appearance After Murder Charge

A judge ordered an Onslow County man held without bond after his arrest for killing a neighbor Monday.

William Littleton made a first court appearance this morning in Jacksonville.

Deputies arrested the 45-year-old man Monday after Luther Keanning was shot to death. It happened Monday afternoon on Gibson Branch Road, that's outside of Belgrade.

Deputies say the two men were involved in an ongoing property dispute that was supposed to be heard in court Tuesday afternoon.

The sheriff's office says two witnesses have come forward saying that Littleton had told them he was going to kill Keanning. The latest was Monday.

Deputies say they have responded to the Gibson Branch Road eight times within the past two years involving Littleton. They said each time it involved a different neighbor.

Littleton's next court date is January 12th.

Monday's Story

One man is dead after what neighbors say was on ongoing dispute over a drainage ditch.

It happened Monday afternoon on Gibson Branch Road, that's outside of Belgrade in Onslow County.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as 72 year old Luther Keanning. William Littleton, 45 years-old, is charged with murder.

Neighbors say the dispute over the drainage ditch was scheduled for court Tuesday.

The sheriff's office has been called to the area numerous times regarding the dispute. The sheriff's office arrested Littleton in October related to the ongoing property dispute.

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