Bennett charged with murder

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Swain County Sheriff’s Office has arrested and charged a man with felony murder.

On Wednesday, Aug. 12, the department responded to a shooting on Franklin Grove Road, according to Sheriff Curtis Cochran.

The suspect, Nolan Billy Bennett, 23, of 531 Brooks Road, Bryson City, was taken into custody and charged with felony murder in the death of Austin Cody Fuller.

Bennett is currently being held at the Swain County Detention Center with no bond. A bond hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

No further information has been released at this point.

Bennett was also arrested by Bryson City Police on Aug. 9 during a checkpoint. He was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and several traffic charges. Both the firearm and the motorcycle he was driving were siezed in that case, according to the arresting officer.