Updated: Thurmond man charged with murder

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A Thurmond man has been charged with the death of a woman who was found shot at a home on Center Lane Monday morning.

Timmy Dale Bates, 53, of 440 Center Lane, has been charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a felon in the death of Debra Ann Harris Royal, 49, of the same address.

Wilkes deputies were called to a possible shooting Monday morning where Royal was found “deceased from an apparent gunshot wound,” according to Chief Deputy David Carson with the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office.

Carson said Bates and Royal were living together when the incident occurred.

Bates is incarcerated in the Wilkes County Jail without bond.


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