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Insurance Agency President Charged With Shooting His Partners

Authorities say the president of a small North Carolina insurance agency is accused of shooting his two partners in a business dispute. James T. Tedesco,...
January 4, 2006

Authorities say the president of a small North Carolina insurance agency is accused of shooting his two partners in a business dispute. James T. Tedesco, 37, has been charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Police say Tedesco and his partners Murray Wilson and Michael Ezell were arguing about the future of their insurance agency when Tedesco pulled out a handgun and shot his partners, repeatedly. Both men were shot in the abdomen and arms. Ezell also was shot in the head. Wilson drove himself to a hospital, was treated and released while Ezell remained hospitalized with injuries that did not appear life-threatening according to police.

Lt. Wallace Welch said Wilson and Ezell had told their partner about plans to sell the business and confronted him with concerns about how he was running it. Wilson declined to talk about his business dealings but told a reporter, "(Tedesco) was always polite, always soft-spoken. Personally, until he shot me, I liked him."

Tedesco is being held in the Buncombe County Detention Facility on two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

"Until He Shot Me, I Liked Him" (Ashville NC Citizen-Times 1/3/06)

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