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GRAHAM — A Reidsville man out on bond for charges of shooting at a social worker in 2017 now faces a charge of attempted first-degree murder after filing a motion to be released from satellite-based monitoring.

Christopher Lee Neal, 44, is charged with shooting at Carliethia Glover, a Child Protective Services employee with Rockingham County, on June 13, 2017, while she was driving home from work on West Webb Avenue the day DSS put three of Neal’s children into foster care.

Neal, representing himself, moved to be released from satellite-based monitoring while he was out on bond. Assistant District Attorney Rick Champion, recently returning to the Alamance County District Attorney’s Office, said he looked at Neal’s case for the first time to prepare for the hearing on that motion. He determined from the information inside that charges of attempted first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon were more appropriate than the original charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle.

Burlington police brought Neal to court in handcuffs Monday, Feb. 11.

Glover and another social worker made a visit to the home of Neal’s co-defendant and former girlfriend Latanya Michelle Whetsell, 29, to check on her children. THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, was found in her newborn’s umbilical cord, Champion said in court, and DSS had taken three older children from Whetsell in 2013. The check probably would have been the end of it, but Whetsell put Neal, the child’s father, on the phone with the social workers, and, according to Champion, became hostile with the women and things escalated from there.

On the way back to the Rockingham Department of Social Services, a dark blue SUV drove up on the social workers’ car at high speed and nearly ran them off the road more than once. They got a police escort back to their office.

Neal came to the DSS office in the same SUV and confronted the social workers, Champion said.

“He made a statement like ‘I’ll die for my children tonight,’” Champion said.

The social workers asked Whetsell about a domestic-violence restraining order she had recently taken out against Neal and withdrawn. She said the incident had happened, so they saw a safety concern for Whetsell and Neal’s three children, who they took from the home that day.

Rockingham County Sheriff’s deputies escorted Glover, who lived in Burlington, to the Alamance/Caswell county line. When she got to town, she thought she was being followed. While she was on the phone with her husband driving through Glen Raven on West Webb Avenue the blue SUV rushed up behind her. She pulled into a parking lot where she was blocked by several tractor trailers, and the SUV pulled in with its light shining in her driver’s side window.

The first shot went through the driver’s side window and the second went through the back window, Champion said, barely missing her. She drove away over some grass and called police.

Neal argued in court, Monday, that there was little evidence linking him to the shooting. The police have not found the gun used, there are no witnesses other than Glover and his Whetsell had taken responsibility for the shooting. She is now held in the Alamance County Detention Center.

Champion said Neal could still be held responsible for aiding and abetting the shooting.

The SBI found Neal and Whetsell’s phones “pinged” a tower near Glen Raven at the time of the shooting. The two were arrested in South Carolina June 15, 2016.

Since his arrest, Neal has filed a number of federal lawsuits including ones against the Rockingham DSS and sheriff’s office and Burlington Police. They have not been successful. He has also introduced alibi statements and fired several lawyers. Even Alamance District Attorney Sean Boone, while in private practice before the 2018 election, was one of Neal’s first lawyers.

Neal asked Judge Tom Lambeth whether the new charge violated his protection against “double jeopardy,” or being charged multiple times for the same crime. Lambeth said he could not advise Neal other than to recommend he get a lawyer.

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