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The jury now has the case in the trial of a man charged in connection with a double-murder that occurred in 1990. Closing arguments were presented at Caldwell County Superior Court in Lenoir yesterday (Tuesday, February 9).

56-year-old William Eugene Murphy is accused of the 1990 murders of Mark and Jeanie Seacrest. Police allege that Murphy killed the Caldwell County couple in their home. The trial has been delayed several times in the past. On Tuesday, attorneys made their final remarks in front of a jury.

Relatives and friends of both the defendant and the victims were in attendance yesterday. Among those in the courtroom were Murphys' brother and sister, who went to police years after the murders saying that their brother was responsible.

The jury received the case today (Wednesday, February 10) and they were continuing their deliberations into this afternoon.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 11:05

Burke County Man Charged With Stabbing His Brothers

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27-year-old Johny Lee of Clarence Towery Circle in Hildebran was arrested Tuesday (February 9) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

According to a news release, on Tuesday at approximately 5:18 p.m., the Burke County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a stabbing that occurred at the apartments located off Clarence Towery Circle in Hildebran. Deputies responded to the scene and encountered the suspect, Johny Lee. Shortly after arriving, Deputies learned Lee had stabbed his two younger brothers who were also at the apartment complex. Lee was detained by deputies who were securing the scene for Burke County EMS personnel. Both victims were taken to local hospitals and then flown to separate trauma hospitals, Mission Memorial Hospital and Wake Forest Baptist Center.

Burke County Detectives and special agents from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation interviewed witnesses and processed the scene. It was learned during the investigation that Johny Lee had been in a verbal argument with his father. Johny’s two younger brothers, ages 17 and 18, began arguing with the suspect, which turned in to a physical altercation. During the dispute, both victims were stabbed in the upper torso area.

The 18-year-old brother was treated and released from Mission Memorial Hospital. The 17-year-old brother underwent surgery and is currently listed in critical condition at Wake Forest Baptist Center. Following the arrest, Lee was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $200,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, February 10).

The investigation is ongoing and further information will be released when it is available.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 10:37

Man Arrested In Burke County On Felony Drug Charge

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34-year-old John Douglas Pierce was arrested Tuesday (February 9) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Pierce was placed in jail in Morganton under $16,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for next Tuesday (February 16).

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 10:31

Hickory Teen Arrested on Stolen Vehicle Charge; More

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19-year-old Carlos Car’tre Ikard of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before ten o’clock last night (February 9) on one felony count each of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and speeding to elude arrest, as well as misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property, driving while license revoked and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Events leading to his arrest began as Officers conducting a property check on the 100 block of 5th Street S.E. saw a vehicle turn left out of the parking lot in an effort to avoid Police. Officers then saw the vehicle run a stop sign as it turned onto “F” Avenue S.E.

Police pursued the vehicle for a short distance until the driver and another subject jumped from the vehicle as it slowed while turning from 3rd Avenue S.E. onto 5th Street S.E. Both subjects fled on foot, running behind a residence at 332 5th Street S.E. The unoccupied vehicle eventually came to a stop when it hit a tree at 434 5th Street S.E.

Officers located the driver, Carlos Car’tre Ikard, near the residence. The other subject has not been found.

Ikard was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

20-year-old Randall Kent Brank was arrested Tuesday (February 9) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony  assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Brank was being held in jail in Morganton under $38,500 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, February 10).

Highway 127 in Hickory was closed for several hours yesterday after a pick-up truck ran into a utility pole.

The incident happened at about 4:30 p.m. when the driver of a Chevrolet pick-up truck traveling northbound on Highway 127 in the area of 5th Avenue N.E. (near Frye Regional Medical Center) ran off the road and hit the pole and another car. Power lines came down onto another truck and another vehicle. The highway re-opened at about 9 p.m.

A Police spokesperson told WHKY that the driver of the Chevy truck had a medical issue that caused the accident. He was taken to the hospital as the result of that medical issue. No one was injured as the result of the crash.

No charges have been filed at this time.

26-year-old Megan Serene Masaud of 15th Avenue NW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (February 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of forgery of an instrument and uttering a forged instrument, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of stolen goods or property. Masaud was jailed at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (February 11).

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 06:32

Lenoir Man Charged With Meth Possession

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50-year-old David Wayne Kidd of Main Street NW in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (February 9) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and domestic violence protective order violation. Following the arrest, Kidd was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Thursday (February 11).

The trial of a man charged in connection with a double-murder that occurred in 1990 will continue today. Closing arguments were presented at Caldwell County Superior Court in Lenoir on Tuesday (February 9). 

56-year-old William Eugene Murphy is accused of the 1990 murders of Mark and Jeanie Seacrest. Police allege that Murphy killed the Caldwell County couple in their home. The trial has been delayed several times in the past. On Tuesday, attorneys made their final remarks in front of a jury.

Almost 50 people were inside the courtroom as assistant district attorney Michael Van Buren and defense attorney Lisa Dubs gave their closing arguments. Judge Nathaniel J. Poovey is presiding over the case. Relatives and friends of both the defendant and the victims were in attendance including Murphys' brother and sister, who went to police years after the murders saying that their brother was responsible.

Jurors listened as prosecutors went over the evidence presented once again, hoping to make their final points on why the jury should find the defendant guilty.

26-year-old Billy Tyrece Clark of Rolling Lane in Statesville was arrested Tuesday (February 9) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony conspire to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Clark was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, February 10).

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