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News Family dispute leads to homicide

Ricky FoutsA Burningtown family is mourning the loss of 30-yearold Cy Levi Fouts after a family dispute lead to his death Tuesday evening. According to police reports, the Macon County Sheriff's office responded to a 911 call a little after 6 p.m. on Tuesday from Cecelia Carpenter who advised police that Cy Levi Fouts had been arguing with his father, Ricky Fouts, 52, throughout the day and police intervention was needed.

According to police reports, Carpenter called and advised that Ricky and Levi were intoxicated and had been fighting with each other all day. Carpenter advised that Levi had called her to inform her of the confrontation. According to the 911 transcripts, Carpenter said that Ricky had threatened Levi earlier Tuesday with a gun and had even fired the gun at Levi last week.

Police were enroute to the Fouts home when they received another call from Julie Lamae Hixon, listed as a witness, who reported that Levi had been shot.

Officer Adam L. Crawford stated in the incident report that upon arriving on scene, he, along with Sergeant T.N. Tenhagen, Cpl. M.J. Langley, Deputies D. Blanton, J. Stewart and J. Bowers were dispatched to the Fouts home on Hazel Fouts Road after receiving a report of an altercation between a father and son.

“Deputy Stewart and I were the first two vehicles and Sgt. Tenhagen directly behind my vehicle, Deputy Blanton arrived moments after us,” reads Crawford's report. “I saw Ricky Fouts standing in the driveway facing a male in a green shirt and blue jeans laying on his left side with a blonde female kneeling beside him crying.”

Crawford reported that initially, Ricky Fouts was resistant to the officer's commands. “Deputy Stewart gave Ricky Fouts loud verbal commands to show us his hands and get down on the ground at which time he did not comply,” reads the incident report. “After Deputy Stewart repeated himself multiple times Ricky then turned towards Deputy Stewart and showed both empty hands. Deputy Stewart ordered him to the ground as I watched both Ricky and the female. Once Ricky was partially on the ground, Deputy Stewart approached him to place him in handcuffs for safety precautions due to Ricky first being uncooperative and unknown factors if anyone else was in the residence.”

Crawford's report stated that after the scene was secure he assessed Levi Fouts and found that he had been shot in the abdomen slightly to the left side and slightly higher than the navel. Crawford reported that the wound was not bleeding during his assessment. Medical personnel arrived on scene at 6:15 p.m. and MAMA was dispatched at 6:31 p.m. to transport Levi From Angel Medical Center to Mission Hospital in Asheville.

According to a 911 call from a Mission Hospital nurse at 11:28 p.m. Levi died in the operating room in Asheville.

Ricky Fouts was arrested for Second Degree Murder and was placed under a secured bond of $125,000. According to reports, a .22 Long Rifle caliber handgun was recovered as the weapon used in the homicide. Crawford reported that Ricky stated, “Man, I wish you guys had got here a little bit earlier so this wouldn't have happened, I hate that it happened.”

Both the victim and the suspect were reported to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to police reports.

Ricky Fouts is expected to appear in Macon County Court on December 6. The case is considered to be closed at this time and no further investigation is expected.


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