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Catawba County Sheriff: Man Wanted For Wife's Murder In Custody

Catawba County Sheriff's Office

A man wanted in his wife’s murder in Catawba County is now in custody, county officials confirm. Joseph Barker is charged with murder in the death of 43-year-old Crystal Johnson Barker.

The deadly shooting happened Tuesday at the couple's home in Vale, North Carolina. When officials responded, Joseph barricaded himself in the house before fleeing the scene. 

Catawba County Special Tactics and Response Team found Crystal Barker dead inside the home.

Thursday, officials located Joseph in Transylvania County where he was taken into custody. The motive for the killing has not been released.

Sarafina Wright is the "All Things Considered" producer for WFAE 90.7 Charlotte’s NPR Source. Before coming to WFAE, she worked as a political correspondent for EBONY.com, staff writer at the Washington Informer and editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge in Washington, DC. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Howard University. When she's not writing professionally, Sarafina can be found blogging at www.sarafinasaid.com or hanging out with her book club, Charlotte West.