By Beth Lawrence
A Jackson County man faces felony charges after he threatened a witness to an October shooting for which he was already charged with two felonies.
In late January, Kenneth William McCall, 66, of Tuckasegee was arrested for felony intimidating a witness. The witness also happens to be the victim in the original shooting.
On the morning of Oct. 23, Kenneth William McCall was arrested for allegedly firing into a 2005 Nissan Frontier occupied by William Walker McCall in the area of Charleys Creek Road and Pinhook Road in the Canada community. William Walker McCall was injured by the shots.
The shooting was the culmination of an ongoing civil dispute, Major Shannon Queen of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said at the time.
With scant cell phone coverage in the area, a neighbor drove the victim six miles to a convenience store for help.
William Walker McCall was airlifted to Mission Hospital in critical condition, and Kenneth McCall was later charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious bodily injury and discharging a weapon into occupied property following an investigation.
Witness intimidation charges were added on Jan. 28 after Kenneth McCall allegedly threatened William Walker McCall with a vehicle.
“The intimidation consisted of purposefully changing the direction of travel inside a motor vehicle and advancing towards Mr. William Walker McCall’s personal vehicle and pursuing at a high rate of speed in an intimidating manner and was for the purpose of preventing William Walker McCall from acting as a state’s witness,” the arrest warrant for Kenneth McCall states.
The chase occurred in the area of Charleys Creek and N.C. 215. No words or verbal threats were exchanged during the altercation, according to reports.
Kenneth William McCall is being held in the Jackson County Detention Center in lieu of a $300,000 bond.