The Asheville Police Department has charged Steven Gordon Shultz with stabbing Frederick Garfield McLeod in the Beaucatcher Cinemas parking lot on Tunnel Road. McLeod later died from his wounds. In a press conference Monday morning, Capt. Tim Splain asserted that McLeod was a crack-cocaine dealer and that the stabbing happened during a drug deal.
“We interviewed between 10 and 15 individuals, most of them people we were able to establish had conversations or contact with [McLeod] in the hours prior to his death,” Splain said. “Through those contacts and information we were able to determine that Frederick McLeod was a fairly prolific crack-cocaine dealer in the east Asheville and eastern Buncombe County area. He was part of a small criminal organization that we weren’t much aware of, but he was very, very busy.”
After he was stabbed in the chest, around 11:16 p.m. on the night of July 4, McLeod went to get help from theater employees, who called 911. McLeod died at Mission Hospitals. After their investigations, police charged Shultz with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. He’s currently being held without bond.
Splain said that 17 detectives and the entire forensics division worked around the clock to solve the case, and that Shultz has “confessed, on some level, to being in the car and stabbing McLeod and robbing him of his crack cocaine.”
Asked to clarify what he meant by “confessed, on some level,” Splain clarified that “most people do not confess fully; he made admissions that put him in the car, stabbing Mr. McLeod, but the exact circumstances are a little different from what we believe them to be. That’s as much detail as I can get into.”
He added that Shultz came to the APD voluntarily and submi