Two Caldwell County residents were arrested in connection with a man’s death from an apparent gunshot in the Ferguson community Friday morning, said Wilkes Sheriff Chris Shew.

Shew said Thomas Leslie Ferguson, 54, was deceased when Wilkes Sheriff’s Office deputies found him in a single wide mobile home at 14772 Highway 268.

Shew said deputies were dispatched in response to a report of a DOA (dead on arrival) case at the Ferguson address, which is just west of the N.C. 268 bridge over Elk Creek and near the Wilkes-Caldwell line.

Shew said Ferguson’s address was listed as 4508 Ferguson Lane, Lenoir (Yadkin Valley community), but he apparently had been staying where he was found deceased.

In connection with Ferguson’s death, said Shew, the sheriff’s office charged Chasity Starr Davis, 35, with murder and William Hayes Coffey, 54, with accessory after the fact of murder. Davis lives at 2928 Barlowe Place, Lenoir, and Coffey at 6049 Laytown Road, Lenoir.

Shew said Davis also is charged with larceny of a motor vehicle in connection with the theft of Ferguson’s Chrysler PT Cruiser from outside the mobile home where he was found deceased.

He said Davis was located later Friday morning while walking along N.C. 268, near where deputies found Ferguson’s car along the highway, and taken to the sheriff’s office for questioning.

Coffey was taken to the sheriff’s office for questioning Friday afternoon after he returned to the mobile home on Elk Creek where Ferguson was found deceased, said Shew. Investigators had communicated with Coffey about him returning there, he added.

Shew, at the murder scene Friday, declined to comment on the relationship between Ferguson and the two charged in his death. He said a weapon suspected of being involved in the case was recovered. No other details were released.

Ferguson’s body was sent to a state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy, scheduled Monday.

Davis was placed in the Wilkes County Jail with no bond on the murder charge and with a $30,000 secured bond on the larceny of motor vehicle charge. Coffey was placed in the Wilkes jail with a $100,000 secured bond.

Both had first appearances scheduled Monday in Wilkes District Court.

The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting the sheriff’s office in the case.

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