The 17-year-old suspected of killing two youngsters in North Carolina was arrested Wednesday, greater than two weeks after the victims have been discovered shot lifeless, authorities stated.
The teenager had been on the lam since ATV riders found the our bodies of 14-year-old Lyric Woods and 18-year-old Devin Clark close to a gravel street beneath a power-line easement in Orange County on Sept. 18.
Orange County sheriffs rapidly filed a petition charging the unnamed suspect with two counts of first-degree homicide, however spent weeks monitoring the teenager down.
Authorities haven’t disclosed the id of the alleged killer, or the circumstances across the arrest, as a result of of the state’s strict juvenile safety legal guidelines.
“We understand our community is hungry for information to help process this tragedy; however, the laws regarding juvenile confidentiality are ironclad. We have no ability to set them aside, even given the heightened interest in this case,” Sheriff Charles Blackwood stated in a Wednesday statement.
In North Carolina, 16- and 17-year-old criminals will not be mechanically tried as adults, although the case could possibly be transferred to a Superior Court.
The risk that the suspect could possibly be tried as a juvenile has sparked outrage from the murdered teens’ household and associates.
“It’s hard for us to process everything that’s going on because we don’t have any details,” Clark’s aunt Crystal Hughes stated. “Our lack of information is just not sitting right with us.”
Both Woods and Clark, who have been associates, have been each reported lacking the weekend they have been discovered lifeless.