Donald Joseph Kuhns was convicted in connection with the 2014 shooting death of his neighbor Johnny Dockery. Dockery was shot outside Kuhn’s home. The two men had been drinking and according to Kuhns, Dockery thought he was “messing with his girlfriend.” Kuhns was granted a retrial after the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled that the jury at his original trial was not informed of his right to defend his home. Kuhns entered an Alford Plea which he does not admit guilt but concedes there is sufficient evidence to convict him. .
The two men lived near each other and considered each other as friends and Dockery sometimes called Kuhns “Dad” according to original trial testimony. On the night of the fatal shooting, Kuhns called law enforcement saying that Dockery was in his yard and threatening him.
In return for his plea, Kuhns was granted credit for time served and allowed to go free.