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April 15, 2024

Murder charged in shooting, two arrested


UPDATE, MAR. 26: Both murder suspects have been arrested.

A Newton man is dead following a shooting in Hiddenite this week.

On Monday, March 25, 2024, at around 1:30 a.m., Alexander County 911 received a call of a shooting at 295 Old Mountain Village Dr. in Hiddenite, according to Sheriff Chad Pennell.

Officers arrived and cleared the scene to find one victim with a single gunshot wound to his chest. Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, Taylorsville Police Department, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Alexander County EMS, and Hiddenite Fire Department all responded to the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The victim was identified as Pang Vue Yee, A/M, age 33 of Newton. The victim had been staying at 295 Old Mountain Village Dr. in Hiddenite, the Sheriff stated.

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Officers conducted a search warrant at that address. After the search, officers arrested Jason Henry Fidler, W/M, age 46 of Hiddenite, for Felony Murder. Fidler is being held at the Alexander County Detention Center under No Bond with a first court appearance of April 1, 2024, on this charge.

On March 26, at about 2:15 p.m., the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office arrested Karla Breanna Freeland, W/F, age 18 of Statesville. Freeland is charged with one count of Felony Murder. Freeland was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center under No Bond.

While being processed into the Detention Center, Freeland was found in possession of narcotics. She was charged with Felony Possession of Controlled Substance on Jail Premises and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Freeland was assigned a $10,000 secured bond and has a first appearance on April 1 on these charges.

Sheriff Pennell thanked Taylorsville Police Department, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, Statesville Police Department, and Homeland Security Investigations for assisting in the arrest of Karla Freeland.

Family and friends have set up a GoFundMe donation page for the victim’s family at https://gofund.me/bae62b26.

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