North Carolina inmate could get parole after 2nd murder

North Carolina inmate could get parole after 2nd murder
North Carolina officials are considering paroling for a prisoner who killed a man in a pool hall 42 years ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials are considering paroling a prisoner who killed a man in a pool hall 42 years ago.

The state parole commission said Thursday it is weighing the release of 70-year-old William Baggett. Parole is possible only for crimes committed before October 1994.

Baggett was convicted of the 1976 murder of James Dee Williams in a Sampson County poolroom. A court said Baggett drank a pint of liquor and fought with his wife before driving himself and friends to the night spot outside Salemburg.

Williams approached Baggett several times, exclaiming that he knew Baggett. The fourth time, Baggett hit Williams in the mouth and shot him four times with a .22-caliber pistol.

Baggett was sentenced to life imprisonment. He had been convicted of second-degree murder in 1968.