In the murders of two North Carolina teenage girls, a 17-year-old was charged with first degree murder. The bodies had multiple bullet wounds.
Lyric Woods (14 years old) and Devin Clark (18 years old), were reported as missing separately by their families, according to the New York Post. They were discovered earlier in the week at a power-line easement.
“Through the hard work of my investigators, along with the assistance of personnel from many other law enforcement agencies, we have identified a suspect in this case,”In a Facebook statement, Charles Blackwood, Orange County Sheriff said this. “We will now work with local, state, and federal authorities to apprehend and present the suspect to the court system.”
Because of a new law, 16- and 17 year-olds who are convicted in North Carolina of crimes do not get charged automatically as an adult. Instead, they may be tried under the Adult Criminal Justice for especially abhorrent offenses like first-degree Murder.
Woods was a freshman in Cedar Ridge High School Hillsborough, North Carolina. She was reported missing by her stepfather on Saturday afternoon, the Post reported, after he realized she wasn’t in her room. Police used a K-9 unit to track the teenager’s scent through the woods near her house. Woods also got into a car with a neighbor around 3 AM on Saturday, according to police.
Woods played on the school’s travel volleyball team and teammates dedicated Tuesday night’s game to her.
“We will miss her bright smile and enthusiasm for the game. Our AIM VB family is truly saddened by this tragic situation,”Nancy Cates, AIM Volleyball club Director, spoke to WTVD.
Clark was a Senior and a football player at Eastern Alamance High School, Mebane (North Carolina). He was reported missing by his family on Sunday. His body and Woods were found hours later. Clark’s mother told WTVD that a memorial was planned for the teenager on Thursday.
The Post reports that a person who lived near the scene of the deaths allegedly claimed to have heard up to 15 shots the night before, according the Post.
“I want to thank the families of Devin Clark and Lyric Woods for trusting us and the investigative process during this excruciatingly painful time. I hope the imminent apprehension of this subject will bring them some comfort as they mourn their loved ones,”Sheriff Blackwood made the statement in a statement.
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