A Lincolnton man accused of shooting and killing his younger brother on Thursday appeared before a Lincoln County district court judge on Friday morning.
Jeffery Dwayne Anders, 44, of 3381 Windy Hill Road, stood shackled in his orange jail suit as Judge Ali Paksoy appointed him court-appointed defense attorney Eddie Meeks, the Clerk of Court’s Office said.
Meeks is affiliated with The Law Office of Nichole B. Greene, PLLC, in Shelby.
The suspect is currently behind bars under a $750,000 secured bond for second-degree murder “without regard,” according to clerk officials.
A judge did not increase the man’s bond during the first appearance.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said Jeffery Anders killed 41-year-old Rickey Dwyane Anders, of 3504 Broad River Lane, around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Jeffery Anders used a .38-caliber revolver to shoot his brother in the head after the two argued in the roadway near the victim’s residence, according to Sheriff David Carpenter.
The victim had just been released from prison and was on parole at the time of the incident, still wearing his ankle monitor, Sheriff’s Office officials said.
Deputies remain unsure as to what exactly the pair had been arguing about at the time but believe it may have pertained to working on a motorcycle or the men’s girlfriends.
“The suspect said he was going to get ether (starting fluid) to help start a motorcycle,” Lt. Tim Johnson, head of the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit said. “Another argument is that the two brothers’ girlfriends had differences about meeting each other.”
According to the North Carolina Department of Correction website, the victim spent at least 14 years in prison for being an habitual felon and was released in September.
He entered a state correctional facility in 2002 for felony breaking and entering and larceny, NC DOC revealed.
Additional offenses on the victim’s record, which date back to 1988, occurred in Lincoln and Gaston Counties and included more than one instance of breaking and entering, possessing stolen goods and peeping tom/secretly peeping.
The Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit is conducting an ongoing investigation in the agency’s first homicide case of the year.
Jeffery Anders is set to make a second court appearance on May 5.