NORLINA, N.C. -- North Carolina police say a man wanted for killing his son and critically wounding his ex-wife beforehas been found dead in a South Carolina motel room.
Norlina Police Chief Taylor Bartholomew tells media outlets in Raleigh, North Carolina, that law enforcers tracked Earl Valentine’s cellphone to Richmond, Virginia, on Wednesday morning. Bartholomew says Valentine was visiting his father’s grave.
The chief says police then tracked Valentine to Columbia, South Carolina, where U.S. Marshals found him dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Valentine was charged with murder in the shooting of his 15-year-old son early Tuesday. Police say the teenager was killed when he tried to stop Valentine from shooting Keisha Valentine in her Norlina home after kicking in the door.
Earl Valentine had posted a Facebook Live video where he admitted to the shooting, reports CBS affiliate WNCN.
“What’s up everybody? I just killed my [expletive] wife,” Valentine said in part of the video. “I don’t feel no [expletive] remorse for what I did.”
Keisha Valentine and her son moved to Norlina from the Charlotte area to escape Earl Valentine’s abuse, Bartholomew said. A restraining order against Earl Valentine expired last month.
Bartholomew says Keisha Valentine remains in critical condition.
“I’ve been in law enforcement 20 years and I’ve never seen anything like this, this guy is bragging about it on social media,” Bartholomew told the station. “No remorse whatsoever.”