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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).

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 05:34

Newton Man Charged With Possession Of Methaqualone

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23-year-old David Chandler Benfield of Sandalwood Court in Newton was arrested Tuesday (February 9) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methaqualone or quaalude and possession of drug paraphernalia. Benfield was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, February 10). 

20-year-old Markell Jaceucz Caldwell of Unity Drive in Statesville was arrested Tuesday (February 9) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with four felony counts of trafficking opium or heroin. In addition, Caldwell is charged with single felony counts of common law robbery, manufacture, sell, deliver, or possession of controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school, sale of schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule III controlled substance, and conspiracy to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Caldwell was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $330,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, February 10).

An eastern Lincoln County man faces multiple felony drug charges following an arrest Tuesday (February 9).

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested 58-year-old Lloyd Jackson Arrington of Oakbrook Lane in Denver. He's charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule VI controlled substance, possession of schedule VI controlled substance, and maintain a dwelling for controlled substances. Arrington is also charged with one misdemeanor count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  

Citizen tips led investigators to the suspect’s residence near the 1300 block of Oakbrook Lane. Investigators searched the residence and seized over two ounces of high grade marijuana, digital scales, and plastic baggies. According to investigators, the items seized were consistent with the selling of marijuana and not necessarily for personal use.

Arrington's bond was set at $10,000 secured. He was scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court today (Wednesday, February 10).

So far in 2016, Arrington is the nineteenth person charged or arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit.  Citizens are urged to report any suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s Office Drug Tip Line at 704-736-8422 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.  All callers can remain anonymous and all tips are investigated.

A man is on trial for a double homicide that occurred more than two decades ago. WHKY reporter Fentress Chestnut was at the Caldwell County Courthouse today (Tuesday, February 9) as attorneys made their closing arguments.

This case is 25 years old, but the man on trial wasn't arrested until six years ago. William Murphy is accused of the 1990 murders of Mark and Jeanie Seacrest, a Caldwell County couple he is charged with killing inside of their home. This trial has been put off several times in the past, but today 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 presided 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 brutal murders saying that their brother William Murphy 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.

Hwy 127 (both directions) at 5th Ave NE is closed at this time. Traffic is being re-routed due to a traffic accident and power lines being down around 4pm. Please use alternate routes at this time. This delay is expected to last for several hours.

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 13:26

Two Sex Offenders Arrested in Iredell County

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33-year-old Lee Earnest Williams of Carolina Wren Drive in Mooresville and 33-year-old Robert Johnathan Buchanan of Leatherwood Drive in Statesville have both been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. Williams was charged with failure to register as a sex offender and Buchanan was charged with failure by a sex offender to register a change of address.

On January 14, Deputy D.C. Price with the Iredell County Special Victim’s Unit learned that Williams had failed to perform his bi-annual address verification at the Sheriff’s Office. Registered sex offenders are required to appear in person every six months to verify their address and other information. The verifications are done in addition to home visits conducted by Officers throughout the year.

Williams is on the sex offender registry as the result of an out-of-state conviction in 2005. The victim was 12 years-of-age and Williams was 22 at the time of the offense.

The previous day (January 13), Deputy Price attempted to verify a valid address for Buchanan after making multiple attempts to locate the subject living at his listed address. Buchanan did not notify the Sheriff’s Office that he had moved to another address.

Buchanan is on the sex offender registry as the result of a 2008 conviction in Iredell County for indecent liberties with a minor. The victim was 14 years-of-age and Buchanan was 25 at the time of the offense.    

Williams was arrested on January 19 and Buchanan was arrested on January 26. Both were placed in the Iredell County Detention Center with bond for each set at $5,000, secured. Williams was due in court today, while Buchanan has a court date coming up on February 16.

23-year-old Cordearo Larmus Stinson of Davidson and 22-year-old Laura Bethany Crawford of Huntersville were both arrested last Thursday (February 4) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. They're charged with Felony Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana, Felony Possession of Marijuana, Maintaining a Vehicle for Sale and Distribution of Marijuana, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia, and Simple Possession of Marijuana.       

Deputies with The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office were conducting driver’s license checkpoint when a car approached the checkpoint and turned around in a careless and reckless manner.  Sgt. Bobby Marshall who was near the checkpoint chased down the car that turned around at the checkpoint.  

Laura Crawford was driving the vehicle and Cordearo Stinson was a passenger in the vehicle. Deputy David Caskaddon conducted a search of the vehicle with his K-9 and a large amount of marijuana was found along with a .45 pistol.  Both Stinson and Crawford were charged and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center. They're each being held on $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for both suspects this Friday (February 12). 

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 11:01

Statutory Rape Charge Filed Against Statesville Man

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22-year-old Jalen Latron Chambers of Oak Knoll Drive in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with statutory rape of a child less than 15 and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

On January 18 the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report in reference to a 14-year-old child being sexually assaulted by a family member. The case was assigned to Detective Sergeant Mike Benfield for investigation. The child was taken to the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center and interviewed. After further investigation and locating and interviewing witnesses, Jalen Latron Chambers was arrested and charged.

Chambers was detained in the Iredell County Detention Center under $5000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for February 16.