Detectives are still investigating the events leading up to a Friday morning shooting in Germanton that left one man dead and another critically injured. So far three people have been charged with murder.
The three suspects made an initial appearance in court on Monday. Facing one count of murder apiece are Garrette Wayne Bunch, 58, of 4616 River Gate Drive, Clemmons; Brandi Leigh Robinson, 28, of 214 Eastdale Drive, Lexington; and Garrette Wayne Bunch Jr., 25, of 4616 River Gate Drive. Garrette Bunch Jr. also faces one count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill. They are being held without bond, and the next court date is set for Oct. 17.
Stokes County Sheriff Mike Marshall reported last Friday morning, Sept. 14, that officers had been dispatched to a reported home invasion and shooting at 1015 Rill Road, off of Leake Memorial Church Road in Germanton, around 1:45 a.m.
Upon arriving at the travel trailer, officers discovered that Brian Keith McGee, 37, of 2230 School Street, Winston-Salem, and Brandon Ray Hill, 28, of the Germanton residence, had suffered apparent gunshot wounds. McGee was declared dead on the scene and Hill was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in critical condition. There were additional witnesses on the scene who were not harmed in the incident.
Detective Chris Lawson gave an update on Tuesday, reporting that Hill was in critical but stable condition at that time.
Marshall said Friday that it appeared the suspects were acquaintances of the victims and the incident was not a random act, though he could not comment on motive at that time.
Initially, sheriff’s office personnel said they were on the lookout for two suspects. After interviewing witnesses early Friday morning, sheriff’s office investigators informed news media outlets and the Stokes County 911 Communications Center that law officers and the public should be on the lookout for Garrette Wayne Bunch Sr. and Brandi Leigh Robinson who were likely driving a blue Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. The alert paid off.
According to Marshall, after hearing news broadcasts of the reported incident, motel personnel at Bestway Inn off of Main Street in King located a blue Toyota Tacoma truck fitting the witness’ description and called the 911 Communications Center. King Police Department responded and confirmed the report. The Stokes County Sheriff’s Office, King Police Department, N.C. Highway Patrol and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation collaborated on the scene.
Marshall said officers got in touch with motel management and evacuated the other occupants before arresting the two suspects, who were taken into custody without incident around 9 a.m. Friday morning. They had checked into the motel at 2:09 a.m. and parked behind the building.
Then Friday night Major Jeff Lemons with the sheriff’s office reported that after further investigation police had begun searching for Bunch’s son, who would also face one count of murder. The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office assisted in executing a search warrant at his residence.
Officers in Forsyth County located Garrette Wayne Bunch Jr. at 1:48 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Bunch was found at a vehicle stop near Stanleyville Drive and Old Hollow Road. Marshall said officers shot a pitbull that exited Bunch’s vehicle and charged at them. Bunch was armed with a 45-caliber pistol but was taken in without further incident, according to the sheriff.
The investigation is ongoing and Detective Lawson said additional charges are expected.