Warrants issued for 3 suspects in connection to Alicia Deans' murder
COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Authorities with the Columbus County Sheriff's Office have obtained warrants on three individuals in connection to the murder of Alicia Marie Deans.
According to the CCSO, Michael Jesse Williams, 31, Kayla Leigh-Anne Turner, 18, and Nathan Elisha Tyler II, 42, have all been charged with murder, first degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the death of Deans.
Williams and Turner have been arrested and are currently in the Columbus County Detention Center under no bond. Both made their first court appearances Friday.
Tyler currently remains in custody in Horry County on unrelated charges and is awaiting extradition.
Deans had last been seen April 28 around 1:30 p.m. She was believed to be heading to Whiteville to see her friend, Nathan Elisha Tyler III, 22.
Information obtained by investigators determined that same evening, Deans was robbed of $34 by three suspects, who then took her from Tyler's residence to a wooded area in the 800 block of John Coleman Road where she was murdered.
Officials believe a handgun was used in the assault.
Deans' vehicle was later burned and was recovered by investigators near Clarendon Baptist Church Thursday.
Officials say further charges are under consideration for the suspects. No other individuals are expected to be charged at this time.
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