According to reports, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office has filed a petition to charge a 17-year-old unnamed suspect with two counts of first-degree murder in the slayings of 14-year-old Lyric Woods and 18-year-old Devin Clark. The petition comes two days after the bodies of the two friends were found near a power-line easement.
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“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,” Sheriff Charles Blackwood said in a statement.
“We will now work with local, state, and federal authorities to apprehend and present the suspect to the court system.”
In North Carolina, 16- and 17-year-old criminals are not automatically tried as adults, but a case could be transferred to a Superior Court if there is probable cause or notice of indictment, the sheriff said.
Woods, a freshman at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough, was reported missing by her stepfather Saturday afternoon after he noticed she wasn’t in her room. A police dog had tracked the 14-year-old’s scent through the woods and a neighbor allegedly saw her get into someone’s car at 3 a.m. Saturday, authorities said.
Clark, a senior and football player at Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane, was reported missing by his family Sunday, shortly before his body was found.
A person who lives near the crime scene reported hearing at least 15 gunshots that night. Woods’ grandfather had been offering a reward for the capture of the killer.
“$10,000.00 reward to the capture of the ones responsible for my granddaughter’s murder! Cash! I need results!” Stan Dean wrote on Facebook.
No word on what the motivation was, but the 17-year-old will likely be charged as an adult for the double murders.
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