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DNA LINKS KILLER. VICTIM.
Leland Man Sentenced To Life
In January Slashing Murder
BY ERIC CARLSON
The county's first murder case of
1W4 was closed Monday afternoon
of Lcland plead
ed guilty to the
of a former girl
body was found
lying in a
Belville park last
After admitting his guilt to a
charge of second degree murder.
Dukes wa? sentenced 10 the maxi
mum term of life imprisonment in
the killing of Bertha Mae Patterson.
33, of Wilmington
Assistant District Attorney Lee
Bollinger said the state agreed to ac
cept the negotiated plea because of
the difficulty, based on the evidence,
of convincing a jury that Dukes
planned the murder.
A finding of premeditation would
have been needed to obtain a first
degree murder conviction and a
death-penalty sentence. Such a trial
probably would have taken at least
three weeks, with no guarantee of
success Bollinger said.
In a brief showing of the state's
evidence. Bollinger said investiga
tors were quickly led to Dukes as a
suspect after finding his telephone
pager on the ground near Patterson's
North Carolina Wildlife Officer
Brian Loflin discovered Patterson
clothcd in a blood-soaked jogging
suit lying face up in a sandy lot near
a Belville boat ramp The area was a
popular gathering spot at the time
and has since been developed into a
Patterson had been cut 16 times,
including deep slashes on both sides
of her face and numerous stab
wounds on her upper torso. There
were also gashes on her hands and
arms, believed to have been inflicted
as she irieu 10 fight off ncr aiiackei.
"Some of the wounds were non
fatal Some were defensive."
Less than 10 hours after her
killing, detectives arrested Dukes at
his home on Village Road. Inside his
1^83 Subaru station wagon they
found a long-bladcd sheath knife.
Blood-stained clothing was found in
Dukes' house. Bollinger said.
The State Bureau of Investigation
performed a DNA analysis of the
blood found on the clothing and
knife. Those tests indicated that both
blood samples belonged to Patter
son, Bollinger said.
Tire impressions taken at the mur
der scene matched those on Dukes'
car, the prosecutor said. Patterson's
fingerprints also were found inside
After being advised of his
Constitutional rights. Dukes agreed
to make a statement to police in
which he admitted killing Patterson,
Dukes told investigators that he
picked up his former girlfriend from
Wilmington's Jervey housing project
that Friday night in hopes of renew
ing a relationship that had ended the
previous year. Shortly after mid
night. the two ended up at the de
serted lot. where a running argument
between them turned violent,
"After the first time he cut her, he
.siiiu niic iuiii Surii uc wouid get him.
which further enraged him." Boll
inger said. "Each time he cut her she
said. 'I'm going to get you and if I
don't, someone else will.""
Standing with his head bowed.
Dukes made no reply when Superior
Court Judge Jack Thompson asked
if he had anything to say in his de
fense. Finding no reason to impose a
lighter or heavier punishment, the
judge imposed the sentence agreed
upon in the plea bargain.
Judge Thompson gave Dukes
credit for the time he spent in jail
awaiting trial and ordered him to
pay court appointed attorney James
Payne if freed on parole or work re
"He's in your custody, sheriff,"
Man Shot Neighbor After
Night Of Drinking: Detective
BY ERIC CARLSON
One man remained hospitalized with a bullet
wound while his neighbor was in jail Monday after a
night of drinking turned violent at a Leland mobile
home park early Sunday morning.
Carlos Gutierrez Alvarez, 22, of Chadwick's Mo
bile Home Park on Green Loop Road, was listed in
fair condition at New Hanover Regional Medical Cen
ter with a single gunshot wound to his right buttock,
Brunswick County Sheriff's Detective Larry Joyner
Arrested on two felony charges after the incident
was 34-year-old Jose Castillo of the same trailer park.
He is accused ot assault with a deadly weapon inflict
ing serious injury and discharging a firearm into occu
pied property. Joyner said.
According to the detective, the two men were
among several who had been drinking together at one
of their trailers since about 11 p.m. Saturday night.
The shooting occurred at about 3:30 a.m.
"The suspect was joking around with another
friend and the victim took offense. That led to an argu
ment." Joyner said. "The suspect left and got a gun."
As Alvarez drove by in his Ford pickup truck, the
vehicle was hit by a single shot from a .308-caliber
carbine. Joyner said. The bullet went through the wall
of the truck and passed through the victim's backside.
According to an incident report filed by Deputy
Michael Cierpiot. who interviewed Alvarez at the hos
pital. the victim at first refused to say who shot him.
Inquiries made by Joyner led to the arrest of
Castillo and the recovery of the rifle. The investigation
Farmers Must Heed Label Rules On Pesticides: Nash
Though Brunswick County farm
ers have five months to comply with
most aspects of tough new federal
pesticide safety rules, they should be
aware that during this growing sea
son they will be held accountable for
following pcsticide label precau
'ions, according to David L. Nash,
Brunswick County agriculture ex
"Farmers, nurserymen, green
house and forestry managers must
be aware of the label requirements
of the pesticides they are using. If
the label requires a particular type of
personal protective equipment, then
the applicator must wear that equip
ment. If the label requires a specific
restricted-entry interval, then that,
too. must be obeyed," he said.
labeling requirements will be the
only enforceable part of new U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency
worker protection standards during
this growing season. On April 6,
President Clinton signed into law a
bill which delayed enforcement of
certain provisions of the standards
until Jan. 1, 1995. The previous en
forcement date had been April 1 S of
According to Nash, that means
farmers can wait until Jan. 1 to be
? Pcsticidc safety training for
agricultural workers and handlers.
? Decontamination sites.
? Notification of workers about
? Display of information about
? Emergency assistance.
? Display of a safety poster.
However, Nash advises that local
farmers, nurserymen, greenhouse
and forestry managers should not
use the delay in enforcement as an
excuse to delay their compliance ef
"They should continue to work on
training programs and to plan how
they will comply with the other parts
of the standard on Jan. 1, 1995," he
said. "If time is used wisely now,
compliance problems should not oc
cur when the full Worker Protection
Standard is made enforceable.
Farmers with questions should
call the Brunswick County Agri
culture Extension Service at 253
1403 Makatoka Rd. NW
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Shallotte Lions Club honors its members during the July 7 club
meeting. Above, President Bill Caudill presents a district certificate
of appreciation and a 100-Percent President award to Walt Rubeck ,
immediate past president. Top , (in photo at Right) Secretary Marvin
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The South Brunswick Water and
Sewer Authority is offering anyone
who owns undeveloped land in its
service area the opportunity to re
ceive a discount of up to 10 percent
if they choose to prepay impact fees.
"We're trying to raise some inter
im funding," said Joe Tombro of
Piedmont Olsen Hensley, the sewer
project consulting engineering firm
and acting administrator for the au
Advances on state loans or bond
anticipation notes will not be avail
able until the environmental assess
ment that is part of the project 201
facilities plan is approved by state
agencies. The assessment is under
Advance payments on the impact
fees can be made in increments of
$25,000, but the offer is good only
for the next 60 days.
The Authority has also appointed
Russell Price of Calabash and A1
Consalvi of Sunset Beach as a com
mittee to study the date at which the
authority should begin charging im
pact fees and to assess the state of
development of properties located
within the service area that will not
be subject to impact fees.
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