Couple Charged In Connection With Shooting Son-In-Law, Assaulting Daughter

A husband and wife were arrested after deputies say their son-in-law was shot and daughter assaulted Saturday night over chopping firewood.

Carteret County deputies have charged Robert Debruhl with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and assault on a female.

Deputies say an argument over cutting firewood on the front porch of Debruhl's home on Howard Road after Saturday's snowstorm led to a physical fight and eventual shooting.

They say the victims, Daniel and Ashley Eakes, retreated to their bedroom when Debruhl fired two shots from a .357 handgun, one which hit the son-in-law in the leg. The daughter was pistol whipped during the attack.

Also charged was Malissa Debruhl for allegedly ripping the phone from her step-daughter's hands while she was trying to call 911.

Daniel Eakes was sent to Pitt County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Robert Debruhl's bond was set at $60,000 while Malissa Debruhl's bond was $300.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2011 at 12:11 PM
    wow... can we sayyy trashyy people!
  • by Lonnie Location: Greenville on Jan 26, 2011 at 04:44 PM
    Typical. Looks like they may be bro and sis. WITN are you sure they are hus and wife ?
  • by Fred Garvin Location: Winterville on Jan 25, 2011 at 07:08 PM
    At risk of being censored, which has happened to me on this site, I won;t use an ethnic term to describe these people. I'll just leave it at "trash."
  • by charles Location: gville on Jan 25, 2011 at 04:37 PM
    It's a shame you people have nothing better to do than sit at your computer and put people down
  • by Mindy on Jan 25, 2011 at 12:49 PM
    Couldn't the victims just live on their cabin cruiser? Why would they stay with the crazy parents? My cabin cruiser is very warm when I turn on the heat inside so there would be no need for firewood.
  • by pIRATE Location: Greenville on Jan 25, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    A certain quote from Forrest Gump comes to mind.....
  • by Mindy on Jan 25, 2011 at 11:04 AM
    Makes me SOOOO glad that I have a beautiful new tight home on the water with central heating!! It is obvious that these poor people are stuggling to make it when they have to cut firewood. I know, we have been there!!
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jan 24, 2011 at 05:56 PM
    I guess cousin bozo won't be attending the wood choppers convention in west virgenny this year.LOL LOL vLOL
  • by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2011 at 04:39 PM
    @anonymous Technically, it's "you're not the teacher."
  • by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2011 at 04:07 PM
    To Eric - Its a comment box not an English class and your not the teacher. Look into it.
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