Search warrants and a 911 call in the June killing of an 18-year-old girl were released after a court ordered seal expired this week.
Caitlyn Alexis Truax, 18, was killed after police said Jeremy Shayne Baldridge shot her on June 3 off McDuffy Road, according to a previous News Herald article.
A June release from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office said Baldridge cooperated with deputies and admitted to one of them that he shot Truax.
It also was learned that Baldridge admitted to the shooting in a 911 call, but when members of the media, including The News Herald, requested copies of the call, the district attorney’s office instead sought a court order to seal the call along with the search warrants.
This week, the court order expired, allowing the media to access those public records.
In the 911 call, the caller can be heard telling dispatchers where he was.
“I’m over near Edwards, Edwards Street or Edwards Circle,” the caller said. “I just shot somebody. I’d like to turn myself in.”
They asked the caller who he shot, and he replied that he had shot his ex-girlfriend.
When asked where he shot her, he said he wasn’t sure. The 911 operator asked if he could tell he hit her with the bullet.
“Yeah, she fell down,” the caller said.
In a search warrant released in the case, Baldrdige told police he and Truax had been dating, but broke up about a month before the shooting.
Leading up to the shooting, Baldridge said he messaged Truax on Facebook at around 8 p.m. to ask her about a friend, the warrant said. Baldridge said they started to argue and Truax gave him her address.
Baldridge went to Truax’s address at 2583 Edwards Circle to speak with Truax, according to the warrant. Baldridge said he had a .357 caliber revolver visibly tucked into his waistband.
When he arrived, Baldrdige said he was greeted in the road by Truax and two unknown men. One of the men put his hand behind his back, and Baldridge said he pulled out his revolver and fired one shot, hitting Truax, according to the warrant.
In the 911 call, the caller told the operator that Truax had ran toward him.
Sheriff Steve Whisenant said investigators only seized one weapon from the scene of the shooting, and that was a pistol found on the side of the road.
In an interview, the warrant said Baldridge admitted that he had taken Xanax several hours before meeting with Truax.
The warrant said Baldridge called 911 to turn himself in because he had shot his girlfriend. He gave his location to the 911 operator.
Baldridge can be heard telling the 911 operator he’s walking away from the home and putting his ammunition on the ground.
On June 4, Bobby Fugitt told reporters he was at the house Truax was staying at the night she was shot. Fugitt said Truax told another person an hour and a half before the shooting that Baldridge had called her.
“She said he called her on the phone and said … ‘he was going to come over here and shoot me,’” Fugitt said.
WSOCTV, The News Herald’s news partner, spoke with Truax’s mother, Heather Truax, after the 911 call was released.
“She certainly didn’t deserve to be killed by him for no reason,” Heather Truax said. “No reason. He ruined her life and then he took her life.”
Court documents from December show that Caitlyn Truax took out a warrant for injury to personal property against Baldridge. The warrant said Baldridge damaged more than $200 worth of her personal clothing and shoes, as well as damaging her cellphone.
Those charges were dismissed on March 11 after mediation, according to court documents.
Baldridge, who was indicted by a grand jury on the murder charge Monday, is set to appear in Burke County Superior Court on July 29, according to a court calendar released Wednesday. Court officials said that court date will be his capital hearing, where prosecutors will announce if they will pursue the death penalty in the case.