Sheriff: Man shot, killed would-be robber after being lured to home

Published: Oct. 9, 2015 at 4:50 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 8, 2015 at 5:50 PM EST
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(Dedrick Russell | WBTV)
(Dedrick Russell | WBTV)
(Dedrick Russell | WBTV)
(Dedrick Russell | WBTV)

CATAWBA COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A Burke County man will not face charges after the Catawba County Sheriff says he was lured to a home to be robbed and fatally shot one of the would-be robbers.

Deputies responded to a home in the 4400 block of Athens Drive in Newton around 8 a.m. When they arrived, deputies say David Darty was found shot inside the home. Logan Jett shot Darty. Darty later died.

The sheriff's office tells WBTV Logan Jett was lured to the house to be robbed and shot in self-defense.

Sheriff Coy Reid tells WBTV 22 year old Debbi Jo Albright sent Jett a text early Friday morning to come the the home on Athens Drive.

The sheriff says all suspects involved are not strangers to the law and were drug users.

"It goes back to what most law enforcement knows," the sheriff said. "90-95 percent of the crimes that occur - occur because of some type of narcotics, either subject were high on the drugs and committ a crime and they may need money to keep up with their habit."

Also inside the home was 19 year old Nicholas James Smith.Albright and Smith are now behind bars charged with Attempted Armed Robbery and Conspiracy to commit Robbery. Their bond is set at $100,000 each. Their court date is October 12.

While the two are in jail, neighbors describe a very bizarre scene moments after the shooting. They say Jett was banging on people's doors looking for help after he was attacked.

"Looked like he had been beaten," neighbor Brandon said. "With a two by four or something. He had some gashes across his head."

Brandon said Jett knocked on his door.

"Answered my front door," Brandon said. "He had a weapon. I pretty much demanded him to drop his weapon and he dropped his weapon."

Brandon said he used his weapon and pointed it at Jett until police arrived.

Neighbors tells us they had never seen Jett before, but say Darty had been staying at the home.

"I'm in shock," neighbor Helen Powell said. "I can't even get over it."

Sheriff Reid tells WBTV says if Darty was still alive, he would charge him, too.

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