Closings and delays

Man charged in death of sister in Wake County

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John Wesley Winters, Jr. (Photo courtesy of the Wake County Sheriff's Office)

KNIGHTDALE, N.C. — Knightdale police have charged a man with murder in the death of his sister, who was found dead earlier this year.

WTVD-TV reported that John Wesley Winters, Jr. was charged with first-degree murder Thursday in the death of Seanne Winters Barnette.

Investigators said Seanne Barnette was found dead with an American flag draped over her body October 13 at her apartment on Baxter Lane.

John Winters, Jr. was found in Barnette’s vehicle on the side of a highway by troopers in Virginia. He was charged previously with stealing the car.

Sources said the will of the sibling’s father — a prominent Raleigh real estate developer and politician — could have played a role in the murder.

Authorities said Seanne Winters Barnette was named in that will, but her brother was left out.

John Winters Sr. died in 2004 and left all of his property to John Junior’s other siblings and John Junior’s son.

Then, last year, the murder victim sued two of her sister’s to remove them as trustees of the estate’s trust fund.

Before it went to court, the three siblings agreed to appoint a third party as trustee.

Source: WTVD-TV