Man Shot To Death At Local Apartment: Self-Defense Claimed; DA To Decide If Charges To Be Filed

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 20, 2012

By Mike Barnhardt
Enterprise Record

An ongoing domestic dispute ended with a Mocksville man being shot to death Friday night.
Matthew Jason Kluttz, 31, was found dead on the scene inside an apartment at Sunset Terrace at about 11:40 p.m.
Mocksville Police Detective Stuart Shore said that Kluttz had been shot in the elbow and in the chest with a .40 caliber handgun. Police Chief Robert Cook said an autopsy revealed the death was almost instant.
Eric Seats told police he shot Kluttz in self defense.
The apartment is rented by Penny Moore, who lives there with her four children. Kluttz is the father of two of those  children, police said.
Earlier that night, Kluttz had gone into the apartment and assaulted Seats, Shore said, knocking him out. Seats told police that when he woke up, Kluttz was gone. Seats and Moore went to the magistrate and obtained a warrant charging Kluttz with assault.
They hadn’t been back at the apartment very long when Kluttz jumped through a window into the apartment, Shore said …