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Argument between neighbors takes deadly turn

Released  by the Henderson County Sheriff's Office:

HENDERSON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - On June 5, 2011 at approximately 6:30 pm, the Henderson County Sheriff's Office responded to the 31,000 block of CR 2100 west of Seven Points on a reported disturbance with shots fired. Deputies arrived near the scene and contact Jeff Whitworth, 33, of Kemp.

Whitworth had apparent gun shot wounds to the chest, arm, and face that appeared to have been fired from a shotgun.

Additional deputies traveled to the 31,000 block of CR 2100 and located Wilburn "Murl" Stanfield Jr., 43, of Kemp deceased in the driveway.

Deputies called Henderson County command staff and investigators to the scene. Investigators from the Henderson County District Attorney's Office also responded to assist.

Details of the incident learned during the investigation revealed the following information on the incident Whitworth and family members were riding ATVs on and near their property. Whitworth got into a verbal argument with Stanfield regarding his alleged reckless driving in the area.

Following the initial argument, Stanfield traveled to his nearby home, obtained a shotgun and pistol and returned to confront Whitworth. Stanfield and his cousin Patrick Russey returned to and entered Whitworth's property.

Stanfield exited the vehicle and began threatening Whitworth with the shotgun. Stanfield fired at least one shot from the shotgun and Whitworth was struck.

Whitworth, family and friends got into their vehicles and were attempting to flee the area.

Stanfield, still holding the shotgun, was reportedly within 12 inches of Whitworth's truck when Whitworth began to accelerate the vehicle.

Stanfield was struck by the driver's side of Whitworth's vehicle and fell to the ground.

As Whitworth fled, Stanfield was run over by the rear tire of the truck and the tires of the trailer attached to the truck. At that point, Russey fired at least one round from the handgun he had and struck Whitworth's truck in the driver's side door area.

Investigator Ceresa Ballard was assigned as the lead investigator on the case.

Whitworth was treated by ETMC medical staff for his gunshot wounds and is in stable condition.

Stanfield was pronounced dead on the scene by JP 2 Dale Blaylock. His body was transported to the Medical Examiner's Office in Dallas for autopsy.

Russey was arrested on scene for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was transported to the Henderson County Detention Center.

Russey was also booked for two traffic related warrants issued out of Gun Barrel City.

At the time of this release, no bonds have been set.

No immediate charges have been filed against Whitworth.

The case will be presented to the Henderson County District Attorney's office for review and action.

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