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Attorney: Wife of officer charged with killing teen threatened by victim’s mom

SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — The attorney for a Southport police officer accused of shooting and killing a schizophrenic teen earlier this year says the victim’s mother threatened the officer’s wife at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

James Payne filed a motion last week requesting video recordings inside the courthouse of an interaction between Keith Vidal’s mother Mary Wilsey and Victoria Vassey, the wife of Southport Police detective Bryon Vassey.

Bryon Vassey is charged with shooting and killing Vidal in January. Vassey claims Vidal had a screwdriver and was trying to stab him or two other officers on the scene at the time.

Payne alleges that Wilsey approached Victoria Vassey and said, “I’m gonna burn your (expletive deleted) house down and every (expletive deleted) body in it.”

When reached by phone this afternoon, Wilsey’s husband Mark said the alleged incident did not happen and that the family’s attorney would address it.


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