Murder Charges in Shooting Death
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 12:02PM
3WC DJ

A Wilkes County man has been charged with murder. On Monday July 9, 2018, Wilkes County Sheriff’s Officers were called to 440 Center Ln, Thurmond regarding a possible shooting.  Officers arrived to find Debra Ann Harris Royal W/F 49 years of age deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.  According to Chief Deputy David Carson, after further investigation Timmy Dale Bates W/M 53 years of age of 440 Center Ln Thurmond, has been charged with Murder in the death of Debra Royal.  Bates was also charged with one count of possession of a firearm by felon.  Bates and Royal were living together at the time of this incident.  Bates remains in the Wilkes County Jail without bond.  

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