WINSTON-SALEM, NC (WTVD) — One of two men arrested in Burke County is now charged with the murder of Wake County Deputy Ned Byrd. Future arrests are expected.
Court documents discovered Thursday morning confirm Arturo Marin-Sotelo, 29, is charged with the murder of Ned Byrd. He is due to appear in court in Wake County on Thursday at 2 p.m.
Marin-Sotelo’s mugshot appeared on the Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification website with a murder charge. The website said he was arrested Thursday morning in Graham, where he was taken to the Alamance County Detention Center.
The Wake County Sheriff’s Office initially declined to confirm whether Marin-Sotelo was charged with Byrd’s murder. That’s when ABC11 crews went to the courthouse and discovered the arrest warrant confirming the murder charge on Byrds was dead. At noon, Sheriff Gerald Baker confirmed what ABC11 had already reported and thanked all law enforcement officers for their work on the case.
“This agency and others have been working around the clock,” he said. He went on to say that the sheriff’s office did not release any information about the case to protect the investigation. “I am committed to maintaining the integrity of our efforts to ensure that we are doing this and we are doing this the right way and not through the media… we want our research and the things needed to ensure that we get this job done.”
Arturo Marin-Sotelo was one of two men arrested Tuesday in Burke County on unrelated charges. A third man was later arrested at a different location.
Investigators said Marin-Sotelo was taken to the Graham detention center for questioning after he was arrested in Burke County. After questioning, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office arrested him in the Byrd case.
All three men appear to be related. At the moment, only Marin-Sotelo is being charged in connection with Byrd’s death. The other two men are being held on unrelated charges.
On Thursday afternoon, Marin-Sotelo first appeared on a murder charge in a courtroom filled with Wake County Sheriff’s Office staff. He was named main defender and was given a next hearing date on September 8.
District attorney Lorrin Freeman said she would decide in the next 90 days whether to seek the death penalty.
“I think in a study like this there’s no question that there are a lot of things that we have at our disposal today that we might not have had 10, 15, 20 years ago, and those things include all kinds of things, but video certainly plays a very critical role in this kind of investigation and often in these murders,” Freeman said.
More arrests expected
Freeman also confirmed that he is one of two people charged with the murder.
“We are currently working with federal officials to try and facilitate that service of that warrant and that first appearance as well,” Freeman said.
The name of that second person and where they are have not been released citing the ongoing investigation, but they are in federal custody on federal charges.
Lieutenant Walter Adams of the Wake County Sheriff’s Office also said on Thursday that more arrests are expected.
“Future arrests are expected. Our team is still following the lead. I want to make it very clear, it is an active investigation and we are urging the public to provide additional information,” he said.
Early Thursday morning, the pickup truck that investigators saw on video at the scene of Byrd’s murder was found in Winston Salem.
Sources tell ABC11 that the truck could lead investigators to some answers that could help crack the case.
Meanwhile, Byrd’s friends and family are preparing for a visit, which will be held Thursday at the Mitchell Funeral Home on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh from 3 to 8 p.m.
His funeral will then take place Friday at 11 a.m. at Providence Baptist Church. The Raleigh Police Department will close Glenwood Avenue at 10:30 a.m. and Byrd’s casket will be led to the church for burial by the Caisson Unit of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
Before the service begins, the Raleigh Police Department will begin closing side streets along Glenwood Avenue that lead to Providence Baptist Church around 10:45 AM. The following roads are temporarily closed: Delta Lake Drive, Commerce and Pleasant Valley Promenade to Duraleigh Road.
After the funeral, a recession will bring Byrd’s casket to Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary’s St., in Raleigh. The police motorcade proceeds down Glenwood Avenue, right onto Hillsborough Road, then right onto St. Mary’s Street and arrives at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home. Most of the route is closed via rolling roadblocks rather than hard closures.
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The crime scene
Sometime between 11 p.m. August 11 and 1 a.m., Byrd was shot multiple times.
He was wearing a protective vest and had gotten out of his unmarked SUV while on patrol on Battle Bridge Road near Auburn Knightdale Road. He got out of his vehicle to check something and let his canine companion, Sasha, in.
Investigators have video footage of the crime scene. They previously released images of a white truck (presumably a Chevrolet Colorado or a GMC Canyon) that was at the scene around the time of the murder. Sources told ABC11 that the truck was later found in Winston Salem.
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Editor’s Note: The first draft of this story stated that Marin-Sotelo was not one of two men arrested in Burke County. He was and a third family member was arrested at a different location.
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