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Newlyweds' baby born months after father killed in home break-in

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The wife of a volunteer firefighter who was killed in a home break-in back in December has given birth to the couple's baby boy.

WBTV has learned that Maryann Kauffman gave birth to a seven-pound, five ounce baby boy on Friday morning. The baby was named Marcus Landon Trace Kauffman.

Kauffman's husband, Marcus was killed in December after arriving home from vacation during a home break-in.

The couple noticed a suspicious vehicle parked near their home that appeared to be broken-down. Marcus dropped his wife off at a near-by friend's house, and returned to offer assistance.

Kauffman returned to discover that the people at the car appeared to be removing items from his home. Some of those items, including a computer and a hand gun officials say may have been used in the shooting, have since been recovered.

He called 911 to report the incident, but during the conversation, told the dispatcher that shots were being fired before the call was lost.

Kauffman was found in his car with a very severe gunshot wound to the back of his head.  The car had crashed into a tree.  He was taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center but died several weeks after the shooting.

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In the following two weeks, four people were arrested in connection to the case.

Deputies say 18-year-old Tramel Devon Hart turned himself in at the Rowan County Magistrate's Office on three days later and was charged with accessory after fact.

Jalend Daquan Turner, 19, was arrested four days after the shooting and charged with attempted murder. Michael Dwayne Teasley, 25, was also arrested. He is charged with accessory after the fact.

Khari Dewayne McClelland, 23, was arrested in the Newton-Conover area a week after the shooting. He is charged with attempted murder, felony breaking and entering, felony larceny, and felony larceny of a firearm

After Kauffman died, the charges on McClelland and Turner were upgraded to first degree murder. They received no bond.

The charges against Hart and Teasley were also upgraded to accessory after the fact to first degree murder.  

Deputies say 18-year-old Tramel Devon Hart turned himself in at the Rowan County Magistrate's Office on three days later and was charged with accessory after fact.

Jalend Daquan Turner, 19, was arrested four days after the shooting and charged with attempted murder. Michael Dwayne Teasley, 25, was also arrested. He is charged with accessory after the fact.

Khari Dewayne McClelland, 23, was arrested in the Newton-Conover area a week after the shooting. He is charged with attempted murder, felony breaking and entering, felony larceny, and felony larceny of a firearm.

 

After Kauffman died, the charges on McClelland and Turner were upgraded to first degree murder. They received no bond.

The charges against Hart and Teasley were also upgraded to accessory after the fact to first degree murder. 

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