Woman accused of shooting, killing man in Wilkes County

Rachel Leigh Bentley

Rachel Leigh Bentley

WILKES COUNTY, N.C. — A woman has been charged after a fatal shooting in Wilkes County, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Rachel Leigh Bentley, 38, of Roaring River, is charged with murder.

Deputies were called to the 300 block of Highland Place at 10:24 a.m. Sunday on a report of a disturbance.

At the scene, officers found Dwight Kelly Payne, 44, of Boomer, with a gunshot wound.

Medical personnel were called in but Payne died from his injuries.

Bentley is being held in the Wilkes County Jail with no bond allowed.

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