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In this image made from a video chat, Monica Shepard responds to questions from a reporter in her home in the Rocky Point area of Pender County, N.C., Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Shepard said she and her son were confronted with an angry group, some of whom were armed, who came to their house in a case of mistaken identity looking for another person whom they believed was involved in a crime. (Cody Jackson/Zoom via AP)

North Carolina mother leaned on faith to rebuff crowd

May. 12, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — There were no weapons for Monica Shepard to use to keep a group of armed people out of her home as they sought her son in connection with a missing girl. All there was, she said, was faith to resist and determination to protect him. “I was vulnerable. They had the crowd....

In this Thursday, May 7, 2020, photo, provided by the Port City Daily, high school senior Dameon Shepard, right, his mother, Monica Shepard, and their attorney Jim Lea, left, pose for a photo at the Shepard's home in the Rocky Point area of Pender County, in North Carolina. New Hanover County Sheriff's Deputy Jordan Kita faces criminal charges after authorities say he led a group of people to the wrong location, the Shepards' home, in a search for a missing girl. Kita has also been fired. (Mark Darrough/Port City Daily via AP)

Lawyer: Deputy led armed group to black teen's home

May. 9, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy in North Carolina is facing criminal charges after authorities said he led a group of armed people to the wrong home in a search for a missing girl. New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David said Friday that Jordan Kita, who worked in the New Hanover...