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Newton PD: Man killed by sister during argument at Love's store

Sara Prestwood is charged with murder after police say she ran over her brother with a truck on Tuesday in Newton.

NEWTON, N.C. — A woman is charged with murder after Newton police say she ran over her brother and killed him after a physical argument on Tuesday.

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Newton police say they were called to the Love's Travel Plaza at 1760 Southfork Drive around 6:36 p.m. on Tuesday in reference to a person hit by a vehicle.

Several agencies arrived on the scene and located a man, David Brandon Land, 30, injured at the scene. Land was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

An initial investigation by police revealed that Land's sister, Sara Prestwood, 20, had run over him with a 2008 Ford Ranger pickup truck. 

Credit: Newton Police Department
Sara Brianna Prestwood

Police say Prestwood and Land were in a verbal argument that turned physical before she ran him over.

Newton police arrested Prestwood and charged her with murder. She is being held without bond at the Catawba County jail.

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This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with more information about this incident is asked to contact the Newton Police Department at (828) 465-7430 

Note: WCNC instituted a new policy in March 2021 regarding the broadcast or posting of mugshots. 

WCNC will only air or post a mugshot if the person has been formally charged with a crime and in a few other cases. The exceptions include: If it appears the person could be a danger to themselves or others or if they are wanted by authorities; to differentiate between people with a common name; if the photos could encourage more victims to come forward. The news-editorial leadership may also decide to use a mugshot based on the severity of the crime(s) committed and/or the level of public interest in the crime and ensuing criminal proceedings.

WCNC Charlotte is choosing to show the mugshots of the suspects in this case because Sara Prestwood is charged with murder and police are looking for additional information.

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