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Two arrested after man found shot dead in car in Caldwell County

Deputies got a call around 6:43 p.m. Tuesday after a man was found not breathing in a Subaru at the intersection of Old North and Collettsville roads in Lenoir.
Left: Isaac Dixon; Right: Zachary Kersey
Left: Isaac Dixon; Right: Zachary Kersey(Source: Caldwell County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 10:42 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 13, 2022 at 11:42 AM EST
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LENOIR, N.C. (WBTV) – Two suspects are in custody after a man was found shot to death in a car in Caldwell County Tuesday night, authorities said.

According to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, deputies got a call around 6:43 p.m. after a man was found not breathing in a Subaru at the intersection of Old North and Collettsville roads in Lenoir.

When deputies arrived, they said they found the man dead from apparent gunshot wounds. The sheriff’s office identified him as 25-year-old Jose David Martinze Aguilera, of Lenoir.

Sheriff’s investigators and agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation began an investigation. They determined the incident happened outside of a home on Quail Ridge Court in Lenoir.

Two suspects were named. One of them, 22-year-old Zachary Nathaniel Kersey, was taken into custody Wednesday morning at the Red Roof Inn on Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir, authorities said.

He was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center on a charge of accessory after the fact to murder, according to the sheriff’s office. His bond is set at $750,000.

Isaac McKinley Dixon, 22, of Lenoir, was arrested Wednesday night, according to authorities. He was found at a home in Morganton.

Dixon is being held without bail and charged with one count of murder.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office at 828-758-2324 or Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300.

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