The Enterprise Mountaineer, Waynesville, N.C., 10/4/99
Saturday, January 1, 2000
North Carolina logger and farmer Jim Fowler and sons Winn
and Dean have their instincts, bravery, family dog and a pistol to
thank for their capture of a fugitive being sought by police in the
killing of five family members from nearby Jonathan Creek. According
to police, the man was part of an evil triumvirate that only days
earlier had killed Earl and Cora Mae Phillips; the Phillipses' son,
Eddie; his wife, Mitzi; and their daughter, Katie. Authorities
suspect that Charles Wesley Roache, Christopher Wayne Lippard and
Chad McKinley Watt were having car trouble when a fight broke out
between Roache and Watt. Soon afterward, Watt was dead from a
gunshot to the head. Things then turned deadly for the Phillipses,
innocent bystanders who lived along Interstate 40 near where the
fight broke out. Following newscasts of the tragic events, Fowler's
sons decided to patrol their father's property before going logging.
As the three returned from the sawmill to the house, their family
dog began to growl and they noticed someone hiding under a camper
top. It turned out to be Roache whom they held at gunpoint until law
enforcement authorities arrived. "I held him in the ditch until the
law got here," said Fowler. Lippard remained at large, becoming the
subject of a massive manhunt.
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