Man pleads guilty in Sneads Ferry love triangle murder

William Price, Jr. pleaded guilty Monday.
William Price, Jr. pleaded guilty Monday.(WITN)
Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 9:20 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 15, 2021 at 2:13 PM EST
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ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - A man charged with killing another man as a result of a love triangle back in 2018 pleaded guilty Monday.

John Price Jr. made the plea of guilty to second-degree murder before Judge Charles Henry.

Price was charged with murdering 54-year-old Wayne Curry in Sneads Ferry on May 9th, 2018. Sheriff Hans Miller said at the time the shooting stemmed from a love triangle, as Price’s estranged wife, Melissa Price, was living with Curry.

The shooting happened at the Harbor Point RV Community. Melissa Price said she, Curry, and her estranged husband had spoken earlier that day. She said Curry offered Price a beer and “everything was fine.”

John Price said he was headed to his mother’s home and thinking about killing himself when he spoke with his wife on the phone. From there he headed to Curry’s home.

In court, Onslow County District Attorney Ernie Lee said Price pulled up to Curry’s home and smashed the sliding glass door. Lee said an autopsy showed Curry was then shot five times.

The neighbor who called the police after hearing the shots and held Price at gunpoint until they arrived said Price said “I’ve done what I’ve come to do. I will not hurt anyone else.”

Curry’s daughter, Tiffany Curry, said she has been emotionally drained by her father’s murder.

Tiffany Curry also mentioned how she has had to fight through her grief because she has a son who was just four months old at the time of his grandfather’s death.

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