Man facing first-degree murder charges in Lenoir

by: Sarah Rosario Updated:


LENOIR, N.C. - One man is dead and another in jail after a murder in Lenoir overnight.  
Police said the suspect and the victim knew each other.
Family members said the suspect and victim met in prison where they were both serving time for different crimes.
They had been arguing over the past few weeks, but people said they did not know why.
Bobby Sparks is facing first-degree murder charges after police said he killed Sammy Sturgill.

Police said Sparks admitted to killing Sturgill.

Neighbors said Sparks knocked on several doors, asking for someone to call 911 because he didn't have a phone.
They said Sparks told them he killed Sturgill because Sturgill tried to kill him.
Family members said a domestic-related argument led to the killing but police are still investigating.
Officers did not say how Sturgill was killed.
The suspect's daughter said her father acted in self-defense.
“My dad's not going to kill somebody unless he felt threatened,” said Shelia Hernandez.
Sparks will go before a judge Tuesday on the charges. He's being held in the Caldwell County jail without bond.