WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – It was a chaotic night that ended tragically for two families. But was it cold-blooded murder? That’s what a Columbus County jury will be asked to decide next month, when William Kohler, Jr. goes to trial. He’s charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jeff Lowe, a repo man who was towing Kohler’s truck away from his house when he was shot and killed. Kohler said it was pitch-black outside, and he thought he was being robbed.
“I pray for that man’s family and himself every night before I go to sleep,” Kohler told us in a jail-house interview. “But I will never know why he chose to come to my home at 2:30 in the morning. I mean I wouldn’t even pull a friend of mine’s driveway at 2:30 in the morning unless he knew I was going to be there.”
William Kohler says he was on the phone with 911 when Lowe was shot and killed, apparently by his son, William Kohler, III. The son has since pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. But should the father also be facing murder charges? And are repossession agents allowed to come to your home in the middle of the night to reposes a car, without notifying you first? We’ll take a look at this case, and the law, Monday at 6 on WECT.