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Search warrants that were released on Tuesday (March 31) reveal new details into a Caldwell County homicide investigation that began over the weekend, as well as the man and woman charged with murder in the case. 23-year-old Shea Elise Fullard of 44th Avenue Drive in Hickory and 20-year-old Nathan Alexander Vasquez of Orlandos Way in Lenoir were charged with murder following the weekend incident. 34-year-old Marcus Alexander Devlin was found deceased in his apartment on Free Mason Road in Hudson Saturday night. According to a published report, the warrants released Tuesday say Devlin died as a result of repeated blunt force trauma. The warrants also state that Devlin was lying on his bedroom floor with "obvious head trauma." They state that blood splatter was found on the living room carpet, walls and ceiling, as well as an end table leading to the bedroom and in the kitchen. The warrants state that it appeared Devlin was struck with an unknown object near the front door, then several more times before he collapsed in the bedroom.

According to the report, the warrants state that Fullard was the last known person to have been with Devlin before his death. When she was interviewed, the warrants state, she said she had been at Devlin's apartment and had sexual intercourse with him. When she left, Fullard told Devlin that she was going to her mother's home, but instead went to Vasquez' home, the warrants state. Fullard and Vasquez, who she said was her ex-boyfriend, then went to a friend's house.


According to the report, the warrants say the friend said Fullard was upset, and that at one point Vasquez had gone out to his truck and grabbed a tire iron. He then started swinging it over his head, saying that he had to beat "him to death because of that [expletive]." Investigators say that search warrants revealed Vasquez had conversations with several people via text and calls "in order to attempt to establish a false alibi."


During the execution of the search warrants, investigators seized swabs of red stains, a laptop, an IPod, a comforter, a plate with red stains, three cell phones, green leafy matter, cash and an aspirin bottle. Both suspects are being held without bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. Probable cause hearings for both are set for April 20.

A Sherrills Ford man will spend 12-24 months behind bars after pleading guilty in Catawba County Superior Court to attempting to lure a minor child to get into a car with him. 22-year-old Malcolm Devonte Bodie was sentenced on Monday (March 30) to serve active time in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, following his plea to attempted felonious restraint.

On April 2, 2014, Bodie approached an 11-year-old female who had just gotten off a school bus and was on her way to her grandfather’s business in Newton. The defendant attempted to entice the child to get in his car by offering her candy. However, she refused and fled to the safety of her grandfather’s business and an employee who was there.

When he was apprehended later by officers from Newton Police Department, Bodie told investigators he believed the girl to be older than she was. Further investigation revealed that he had tried a similar tactic with a 16-year-old female a day earlier.

Upon his release from prison, Bodie will have to register as a sex offender, and Judge Poovey ordered that he have no contact with the victim or members of her family.

Investigator Ronald Crawley led the investigation for Newton Police Department. Michael Van Buren prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.

At 1:43 Tuesday afternoon, Hickory firefighters responded to a structure fire at 224 3rd Street SE. Hickory firefighters initially responded with 2 engines, 1 ladder truck, 1 rescue truck, and 2 command units. Upon arrival at 1:45, firefighters reported heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of the building and large amounts of smoke in the attic of the two story house. Firefighters worked to contain the fire and keep it from spreading to other structures close by.  

Catawba County EMS, Hickory Rescue and Hickory Police Department also responded to the incident. The Red Cross also came to the scene and will be assisting the families.No injuries were reported and damages to the building were considered major. Fire investigators determined the cause of the fire to be unattended cooking.

Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. It’s important to be alert to prevent cooking fires. The Hickory Fire Department advises citizens to be on alert and stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food. If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking. Keep anything that can catch fire, oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains, away from your stovetop.

If you have a cooking fire, just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave. If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out. Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled. For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. For more information on cooking safety, contact the Hickory Fire Department at 828-323-7420.



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