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She said she shot her husband in self defense. Now she’s charged with murder.

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A woman who said she shot her husband in self-defense turned herself in on a first-degree murder charge Thursday, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office says.

Teresa Mosser, 59, of Cedar Grove in northern Orange County, called 911 the night of April 25, 2018, saying she had shot at her husband, James Mosser, but did not know if she had hit him.

She told the deputies responding to the scene that she had shot him in self-defense at their home on Eno Cemetery Road, according to the Sheriff’s Office news release.

Deputies had responded to one other domestic call, involving a “verbal” situation, at the home in the month before the shooting, the release said.

Shotgun pellets

James Mosser, 68, died of a shotgun wound to the abdomen, according to an autopsy report. Nine buckshot pellets were recovered from the body and body bag, the report said.

An arrest warrant charging Teresa Mosser was issued Wednesday “after an extensive investigation” involving the district attorney and a crime scene reenactment, the release said.

She turned herself in Thursday morning and was released on $50,000 bail. She is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 23.

In the release, the Sheriff’s Office encouraged those dealing with domestic violence to contact the Compass Center for Women and Families at (919) 929-7122. The Sheriff’s office Crisis Unit can be reached at (919) 245-2900.

Staff writer Mark Schultz contributed to this report.

Ashad Hajela reports on public safety for The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun. He studied journalism at New York University.
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