Family of man accused in triple shooting speaks out

by: Trish Williford Updated:

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CONCORD, N.C. - The family of a man accused of a deadly triple shooting is speaking out for the first time about the case.

Family members of James Blanks said all they want is closure.

They said there is no way he killed anyone that day and they want police to clear his name.

Last July, gunfire erupted at a home on Gibson Street in Concord.

The homeowner, Timothy Crumitie, told authorities that he and his wife were at home in their garage when 49-year-old Blanks burst in to rob them, according to police.

Crumitie said Blanks shot and killed his wife and then shot him in the arm.

Crumitie told police he was able to fight back and get the gun away from Blanks and shoot him.

Blanks and Crumitie's wife died at the scene.

Many of Blanks' family members were interviewed by investigators days after the shooting.

"Like I told the detectives, I said ‘You could've told me anything about my brother other than this story right here, I might would've believe it,’ but this one right here, absolutely not," said Blank’s sister, Rochelle Blanks.

Family and friends told Eyewitness News they want police to get to the bottom of the case once and for all so their family can finally have some peace.

Channel 9 reached out to Concord police about the latest in their investigation that is still open. There was no response Sunday night.

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