Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Wilmington man convicted of voluntary manslaughter

Willliam Slater. (NHCSC).

WILMINGTON — A local man pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter in New Hanover County Superior Court this week.

William Slater was sentenced to 73 to 100 months in the Department of Adult Correction on Feb. 22.

On July 11, 2020, officers with the Wilmington Police Department responded to person who was shot at 1017 Ann St. Officers learned that there had been a block party in that area 30 minutes before the shooting and dispute occurred between William Slater and victim Michael Carr.

A single ShotSpotter notification on Gore’s Row was detected, and a shell
casing found in road in front of 204 Gores Row matched a gun linked to Slater. In addition, the bullet that killed the victim matched the same firearm. A witness stated that before passing, Carr declared that Slater had shot him, but only identified Slater by a nickname.

After the shooting Slater fled to Georgetown, South Carolina. He was later arrested in that state and extradited back to New Hanover County.

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