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Jury finds Lincoln County man guilty of killing roommate in 2017

On Aug. 25, 2017, deputies went to a home on Wildale Lane in Lincolnton after a call came in about a shooting.
Ronald Wayne Vaughn
Ronald Wayne Vaughn(Source: Lincoln County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Nov. 25, 2021 at 11:05 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 25, 2021 at 12:32 PM EST
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LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) – A jury has found a Lincoln County man guilty of killing his roommate in 2017.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, on Nov. 24, the jury convicted 29-year-old Ronald Wayne Vaughn, Jr., of Lincolnton, of first-degree murder and possession of a weapon of mass destruction in the death of Gary Lee Somerset.

He was then sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, authorities said.

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On Aug. 25, 2017, deputies went to a home on Wildale Lane in Lincolnton after a call came in about a shooting.

Somerset, 27, was found in a car in the backyard of the home with a gunshot wound to his chest and neck, deputies said. He was pronounced dead on scene.

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Vaughn, who was the victim’s roommate, was taken into custody and confessed to shooting Somerset with a shotgun, according to law enforcement.

Following the verdict, Vaughn is being held in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center awaiting transport to the North Carolina Department of Corrections, deputies said.

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