A Nebo man has been indicted by a grand jury after he was charged with killing a man over an electronic tablet in January.

Capt. Shanon Smith of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Justin Ryan Fowler, 27, of 152 Walker Road in Nebo, with murder and a grand jury followed with a murder indictment this month.

At 4:25 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, deputies responded to 152 Walker Road in Nebo after someone at the residence called to report a possible gunshot wound. John Christopher Hubbard, 28, of 94 Clay Rock Drive in Nebo, was found dead from a gunshot wound to the chest.

The incident occurred at Fowler’s home. Fowler told authorities that morning that Hubbard shot himself.

“We were very skeptical from the beginning about Fowler’s story,” said Smith. “We have conducted numerous interviews and examined evidence and came to the conclusion that the wound was not self-inflicted. Fowler did shoot and kill Hubbard.”

Smith said the investigation revealed that the two men got into an argument over a missing electronic tablet, at which time Fowler hit Hubbard in the head then shot him in the chest with a small-caliber handgun. A person inside the residence at the time called 911 shortly after, according to reports.

A Crimestoppers report was released in early Sept. seeking information about Fowler prior to his arrest on Oct. 27.

Fowler is currently in custody without bond.

The following indictments were handed down by a grand jury during the month of December:

• Daniel McCoy Bradley, 39, of Casey Drive, Nebo, two counts possession of a firearm by a felon and one count obstruction of justice.

• Natasha Brooks, 23, address unlisted, one count accessory after the fact to second-degree murder.

• Erin Marjorie Brown, 32, of Woody McKinney Drive, Marion, one count each of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and shoplifting.

• Christopher Todd Burnette, 39, of Pine Hollow Drive, Marion, one count habitual felon.

• Rafael Cerda, 26, of Lamplighter Lane, Marion, one count robbery with a dangerous weapon.

• April Dawn Smith Edwards, 39, of McKinney Road, Marion, one count financial transaction card fraud.

• Christopher Blake Effler, 30, of Pine Hollow Road, Marion, one count each of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Crystal Diane Frady, 34, of Proctor Knob Road, Marion, one count each of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Tracey Sue Frady, 40, of Proctors Knob Road, Marion, one count each of felony child abuse sex act upon and child and aiding and abetting statutory rape.

• David Wayne Gilliland, 44, of Randolph Road, Marion, one count possession of methamphetamine.

• Devin Lee Gilliland, 25, of Carolina Avenue Ext., Nebo, one count possession of methamphetamine.

• Robert Lee Gladden, 33, of Ginger Snape Drive, Nebo, one count each of felony larceny, possession of stolen goods or property and injury to personal property.

• John Wesley Harding, 34, of JR Circle, Nebo, one count aiding and abetting robbery with a dangerous weapon.

• Adam Hodge, 29, of Old Glenwood Road, Marion Correctional Institution, one count each of assault inflicting serious physical injury on a detention facility employee and assault inflicting serious bodily injury on a detention facility employee.

• Vanessa Real Johnson, 34, of South Scientific Street, High Point, one count identity theft.

• Greggory Cole Lowery, 29, of Linville Road, Nebo, one count each of breaking and entering to terrorize, discharging a weapon on occupied property and discharging a weapon within an enclosure and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

• Dakota Tyanna McCool, 26, of Hoyle Orchard Road, Old Fort, two counts of trafficking methamphetamine and one count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance.

• Mason Nathaniel Michaels, 22, of North Ann Street, Asheville, one count possession of methamphetamine.

• Samantha Lynn Molina, 28, of Great Hill Drive, Marion, one count possession of methamphetamine.

• Michael James Paige, 39, of Cottage Drive, Asheville, one count each of habitual felon and felony larceny.

• Stacy Ann Pinkerton, 28, of Welborn Drive, Marion, one count each of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods or property.

• Dustin Eugene Pittman, 27, of Deacon Drive, Marion, one count each of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed gun, possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling place or a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Robert Lee Reel, 22, of Old Fort Sugar Hill Road, Marion, one count possession of methamphetamine.

• Kelly Tipton Rose, 45, of State Street, Marion, one count obtaining property under false pretense.

• Tisha Renee Sanders, 31, of Park Avenue, Marion, one count possession of a stolen firearm.

• Jessica Serrano, 43, of Roberts Road, Leicester, one count each of possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting a public officer, possession of counterfeit currency and attempt to obtain property under false pretense.

• Dylan Evan Smith, 18, of North Ann Street, Asheville, one count each of abduction of children, statutory rape of a child and indecent liberties with a child.

• Michael Allen Spencer, 43, of Linville Road, Nebo, four counts assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and one count breaking and entering with intent to terrorize.

• Melissa Morgan Stackable, 41, of Haywood Drive, Marion, one count larceny by employee.

• Wesley Matthew Webb, 39, of East Court Street, Marion, one count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed gun and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Jakime Raheim Whiteside, 24, of Atwood Street, Lenoir, one count each of felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of marijuana up to ½ ounce.

• Kayie Shaune Wright, 24, of Old Glenwood Road, Marion Correctional Institution, two counts malicious conduct by a prisoner.

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