Former Caldwell County school bus driver set to go on trial for murder, claims self defense

Woman charged with murder claims self-defense

LENOIR, NC (WBTV) - Five and a half years after a man was shot and killed the day after Christmas in Lenoir, a woman will go to trial on charges she murdered him.

Nancy Austin, who at the time was an elementary school bus driver, is claiming self defense in the shooting of 20 year old Dylan Short. Short had an intermittent relationship with Austin’s daughter Sarah. The two even had a child together.

On December 26, 2013, the two were heard arguing in the front yard of a home on Tara Place in Lenoir. Authorities believe Sarah hit Dylan but in the 911 call that Sarah made the claimed she had been hit and knocked down. That’s when she claims her mother fired a shot at Dylan. Authorities say he was found dead in that front yard.

“No comment, Thank you, “ was Nancy Austin’s response to reporters on Monday at the Caldwell County Courthouse. Motions were heard about witness statements and procedures for the trial which is expected to begin with jury selection on Tuesday.

Austin’s attorney indicates she is pleading self defense, claiming she was protecting others and her property. Dylan Short’s family said it has been a long time coming.

“I think everybody wants the truth,” said Dylan’s Grandmother Rosemary Newold. Dylan’s father, Joe Short, said it has been a long and frustrating wait for justice. “It’s been hard every day, it don’t go away, the pain does not go away,” he said.

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