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Suspect told neighbor 'there was a shooting and she was dead'

CRAB CREEK — A 35-year-old man charged with murder told a neighbor on Tuesday that there had been "a real bad situation" at his house that resulted in a shooting death, according to the 911 call that led Henderson County sheriff's deputies to check on the home where they found the victim.

"Her boyfriend is drunk and he’s over there saying all kinds of crazy stuff and I went over there to check on her and he wouldn’t let me in the house," the caller told a 911 dispatcher. "I don’t know if she’s OK or not. ... When he came over here he told my son that it was a real bad situation today and there was a shooting and that she was dead. I’m just concerned for her.”

Asked the identity of the woman's boyfriend, the neighbor said she knew him only as Terry. After finding the victim's body, deputies called detectives, who later arrested Terry Jason Brank and charged him with murder. The murder happened at a trailer home at 215 DuPont Estates Drive, which is off Crab Creek Road between Holmes State Forest and DuPont Road.

The neighbor called 911 at 9:11 Tuesday night after she was unable to reach her friend by phone. “I went over there and banged on the door, too," she said.

Deputies have responded to the location numerous times in the past for domestic related calls, the sheriff's office said. The investigation continues. After a first appearance hearing Wednesday in Henderson County District Court, Brank remained in jail under an $800,000 bond.