The jury has been in deliberations since Monday at approximately 3:15 p.m. after hearing about the evidence surrounding a murder committed in Murphy, NC in 2014. Today, at the close of court, the jury came back with a “No-Change” verdict against John Anthony Hill. Hill’s trial has been in session for nearly three weeks
Hill was accused of murdering “his best friend of five years”, Paul George Pfleiderer, Jr., age 57, a resident of the Peachtree community in Murphy.
Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department arrested Hill for the murder of Pfleiderer on June 29, 2014. Hill has been in custody at the Cherokee County Detention Center since.
Pfleiderer passed away on Sunday, June 29, 2014, after sustaining massive blows to his head. Allegedly, Hill stated he gave as many as six blows to Pfleiderer’s head with an an aluminum baseball bat following a brief struggle at Hill’s home.
The jury deliberations center around what verdict to return against Hill.
Court will reconvene 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning in the Cherokee County Courthouse located at 33 Peachtree Street in Murphy.
More details will become available when the verdict is reached.
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MURPHY, N.C.- Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced that on Nov. 25, 2017, Victor Thomas Jacob Runge, 23, of Murphy, North Carolina, was arrested for charges involving illegal possession of drugs and a stolen gun.
On or about Nov. 25, 2017, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office was assisting the North Carolina Highway Patrol who was operating a driver’s license checkpoint. As Runge, who came through the checkpoint, was questioned concerning his driver’s license, Runge was observed reaching for something in the center console. During a incident to arrest search of the vehicle, a stolen semi-automatic pistol was located, which later was identified as being stolen from Athens, Tennessee. Additionally in the search, a quantity of suspected methamphetamine was seized along with U.S. currency. Additional investigation revealed that Runge was previously convicted of a felony and was not allowed to have a firearm in his possession.
Runge was transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center where the North Carolina Magistrate set a $30,000 secure bond for the following charges: felon in possession of firearm. possession of stolen firearm, possession of methamphetamine, carrying concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia. Runge is expected to appear in Cherokee County District Court on Dec. 5, 2017.
Sheriff Palmer stated, “This had the potential of a very bad ending. We do not know what this individual’s intentions were by reaching toward the console where the gun was found, but alert officers were able to diffuse the situation and get drugs and guns off the street. This is a great example of the teamwork we enjoy with fellow agencies in Cherokee County. We appreciate the cooperative effort of the Troopers and all the law enforcement agencies that help keep Cherokee County safe and secure.”
Sheriff Palmer asks if you should have any information concerning this case or any other case, to report suspicious activity and suspected violations of the law and please call 828-837-3144 or submit a tip at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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