A 17-year-old boy wanted for the shooting deaths of two North Carolina teens last month has been taken into custody.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office filed a petition for the unnamed boy for the murders of Lyric Woods, 14, and Devin Clark, 18.
The bodies of Woods and Clark were found on an ATV trail on September 18 after they had been reported missing the day before.
“We hope this apprehension provides some relief to the families and friends of Devin and Lyric, who have experienced an excruciating loss,” said Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood, according to WRAL. “Obviously, the capture of the suspect does not restore their loved one to them. The grieving process is a long one, and we hope the community will continue to support them in their pain.”
The 17-year-old suspect is expected to appear soon before a juvenile court judge when the case will likely be transferred to an adult court. Because he was a juvenile when the murders took place, however, he will not be eligible for the death penalty if he’s convicted.
The sheriff’s office has so far been tight-lipped about a possible motive in the shootings.
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[Featured image: Devin Clark and Lyric Woods/GoFundMe]