Mayor of a small town in North Carolina and his wife cancer nurse are killed at home

<pre><pre>Mayor of a small town in North Carolina and his wife cancer nurse are killed at home

Ex-convict, 25, is accused of murdering the mayor of a small town in North Carolina and his oncology nurse wife barely TWO DAYS after being released on parole.

  • Keith Williams, 25, accused of first-degree murder by gunshots of Gary and Jackie Skelton in Leggett, North Carolina, on Thursday
  • A person of interest in the case is held on unrelated charges
  • The sheriff's office says suspects have been arrested in the death of the couple
  • Gary Skelton, 70, a retired banker, was in his second four-year term as mayor of Leggett – population 57
  • Wife Jackie, 66, worked as an oncology nurse at the Vidant Edgecombe Hospital

Snejana Farberov for Dailymail.com

An ex-convict has been charged with first-degree murder for allegedly killing the mayor of a small town in North Carolina and his wife inside his home.

The Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office said Keith Williams of Tarboro, 25, was arrested on Thursday for the murders of Leggett Mayor Gary Skelton and Jackie Dawn Skelton.

A second person of interest in this case is currently in unrelated charges.

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Keith Williams, 25

Keith Williams, 25

Killers in North Carolina arrested Keith Williams, 25 (left), on charges of first-degree murder for the murders of Leggett Mayor Gary Skelton and his wife, Jackie.

Scene of the crime: The couple was found dead on their property along State Highway 33

Scene of the crime: The couple was found dead on their property along State Highway 33

Scene of the crime: The couple was found dead on their property along State Highway 33

According to Leggett Town Commissioner Teresa Summerlin, Jackie Skelton, 66, was an oncology nurse at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital and did not show up for work on Thursday.

His co-workers contacted the sheriff's office to request a social assistance check, which led to the discovery of the bodies on their property.

Teresa Summerlin told WNCN that the Skeltons were last seen alive on Wednesday night when they went out to dinner with another couple.

"It's unimaginable to what they got home last night, that's what makes me sick to the core, how they must have felt," Summerlin told WRAL-TV. "It made me sick and they were the epitome of good people, they were incredibly good people".

Gary (pictured left with his son) was a retired banker who was in his second term as mayor

Gary (pictured left with his son) was a retired banker who was in his second term as mayor

Jackie (pictured with her granddaughter) was an oncology nurse

Jackie (pictured with her granddaughter) was an oncology nurse

Gary (pictured left with his son) was a retired banker who was in his second term as mayor. Jackie (pictured with her granddaughter) was an oncology nurse

Charlotte Observer reported that Gary Skelton, 70, was a banker at BB & T in Rocky Mount until his retirement. He was in his second four-year term as mayor of the city of Leggett, in eastern North Carolina, with a population of around five dozen.

"He was putting his heart in this city," Summerlin told the Observer.

The couple is survived by three adult children and multiple grandchildren.

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