A man is dead and a woman is in the Wilkes County Jail on a murder charge without bond as a result of an incident Sunday morning at 319 Highland Place in Roaring River, according to a press release from Major Logan Kerr of the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office.

Kerr said deputies responded to a disturbance call at 319 Highland Place at 10:24 a.m. Sunday. He said that upon their arrival, they located Dwight Kelly Payne, 44, of Foster-Payne Road, Boomer, saw that Payne had a gunshot wound and called medical personnel in to render aid. He said it was later confirmed that Payne died as a result of the gunshot.

Kerr said Rachel Leigh Bentley, 38, of 319 Highland Place, Roaring River, was arrested for murder in connection with Payne’s death. The initial report was that Payne was causing a disturbance at Rachel Palmer Bentley’s residence.

Payne had posted with a heart on Bentley's Facebook page.

The incident occurred at an old two-story house that once belonged to the Key family, including the late Lee Key.

Highland Place is a short dead end road off South Lomax Road in the Shepherds Crossroads Fire District. Shepherds Crossroads Fire Department first responders and Wilkes Emergency Medical Services responded.

The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the investigation.

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