Man shot father, document says
Jordan Newman admitted to deputies on Sunday night that he shot his father just outside his mobile home north of Lenoir, according to a search warrant document returned to the Caldwell Clerk of Court’s office.
His mother, Patsy Newman, said in an interview Thursday that the shooting was in self-defense.
"You should look up bipolar disorder, Hepatitis C and child abuse," she said. "It absolutely was in self-defense."
Caldwell County sheriff's deputies found Ora David Newman, 53, of 1553 Slope Terrace dead about 11 p.m. at Jordan Newman's mobile home, next door to where Ora Newman lived with his wife, Patsy.
When investigators searched Jordan Newman's property the next day, they found four spent shell casings, according to the search warrant document. They also removed a Bersa .380-caliber handgun and a wooden baseball bat from the property.
Jordan Newman has not been charged, and the sheriff's office has said the case will be turned over to the district attorney's office for review when the investigation is complete.
Ora Newman was convicted of cruelty to animals in 1991, carrying a concealed weapon in 1992, common-law robbery in 1997, assault in 2007 and violating a protective order in 2008, according to N.C. Division of Adult Correction records. He also was convicted of driving while impaired several times, leading to the permanent revocation of his driver's license.