Autopsy: Murdered Woman Shot 7 Times

unity roadA woman who was murdered in March was shot 7 different times. Those are the findings of an autopsy report released Wednesday on 24 year-old Jessica Pyatte of Newton Grove.

Pyatte and Matthew Jones, 30, were shot and killed inside a mobile home on Unity Drive in southern Johnston County on March 10th.

The NC Medical Examiner said Pyatte was shot with two different weapons.  She was shot in the head, cheek, chin and jaw with a small caliber weapon. She was also shot in her shoulder, ear and leg with a shotgun.  In addition to the 7 gunshots she also sustained at least 3 blunt impacts to her upper body including multiple fractured fingers.

unity road 2In June, an autopsy on Matthew Jones indicated he was also shot with two weapons and died from gunshot and shotgun wounds to the head.  The medical examiner classified both deaths as a homicide.

Gerald Thomas Paul Jr., 21, of Erwin is charged with the double murder. Tara Nicole Wilson, 19, of Dunn is charged as an accessory.

In June 2015, Paul and Wilson were arrested on methamphetamine charges in Erwin.  A month earlier Wilson graduated as valedictorian from a private Harnett County school.