Stepfather Charged With Murder

A 65 year-old man is being held in the Johnston County Jail without privilege of bond after he allegedly shot and killed his stepdaughter early this morning (Friday).

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said they were dispatched at 12:30am to 120 Julio Lane, Garner, off New Bethel Road.  Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Caldwell said deputies arrived and found 42 year-old Cheryl Lynn Guinn-Hirst deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.

Investigators allege Ronald James Gasper, of the same address, shot and killed his stepdaughter.  He was arrested and charged with murder.

The investigation into the fatal shooting is still ongoing.   A motive has not been disclosed.