Killed – Dylan Joseph Short (Caldwell County, NC)

Dylan Joseph Short

LENOIR, N.C. – A woman was charged Thursday in the killing of a Hudson man, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities responded to 1122 Tara Place at about 4:15 p.m. to a call of a possible shooting. Officers found a male victim, Dylan Joseph Short, 20, dead at the scene.

Nancy Benge Austin, 57, was charged with murder Thursday night. She is held in the Caldwell County Detention Center with no bond. Her first appearance date is Monday.

Short said his son and Austin’s daughter were in a relationship. The two had a baby together last year.

“This is my son, Dylan Joseph Short, and his dates and I will

“They were in a relationship; they were dating. They were at my house the day before and before that — Christmas Eve and Christmas Day — they were both at my house. They were in a relationship,” Short said.


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