Man convicted of murder in shooting death of student from Havelock

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Jonathan Schipper, of Havelock, was shot and killed in a college dorm room in 2010 in Elizabeth City. Christopher Amyx, 26, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the case and was sentenced to life in prison.

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 02:58 PM.

An Elizabeth City man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the 2010 shooting death of Jonathan Schipper, a college student from Havelock.

Christopher Amyx, 26, was found guilty Tuesday evening after a week-long trial in Pasquotank County Superior Court, according to assistant district attorney Kimberly Pellini. Superior Court Judge J.C. Cole sentenced Amyx to life in prison.

Schipper, a 2004 graduate of Gramercy Christian School in Newport, was 25 when he was shot in the head about 1 p.m. on Oct. 3, 2010, in a dormitory room at Mid-Atlantic Christian University in Elizabeth City. Schipper was a sophomore studying in the Youth and Family Studies Program.

Schipper and Amyx lived on the same floor of the Pearl A. Pressley dormitory at the college.

Amyx, who had been a part-time police officer for the Town of Pinetops, had pleaded not guilty in the trial, claiming the shooting was in self defense. Pellini said Amyx claimed Schipper charged him with a knife, but an investigation showed the knife actually belonged to Amyx.

Amyx was in his dorm room when he used a Glock handgun to shoot Schipper.

Amyx had earlier claimed to investigators that he was gay and was the victim of homophobic taunts by other students at the Christian college. Amyx said he had received written threats, had had his tires slashed and had been the subject of a black spray painted message on the school gymnasium wall.



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