By Virginia Bridges

The Herald-Solar

WAKE COUNTY, N.C. — A man charged with killing Wake County Deputy Ned Byrd will proceed to be held with out bail on the Wake County jail after a primary courtroom look Thursday.

Alder Marin Sotelo, 25, stood earlier than a choose at his first Wake County courtroom look after he and his brother had been indicted by a grand jury Tuesday.

Each are charged with homicide within the killing of Wake County deputy Ned Byrd, 48, this month. A Justice of the Peace denied Marin Sotelo bail earlier at present, and Decide Rishad Hauter did not change it throughout the Thursday listening to.

Byrd, a Okay-9 officer and 13-year veteran of the sheriff’s division, was discovered exterior his unmarked Sheriff’s Workplace SUV round 1 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, close to a fuel station on Auburn Knightdale and Battle Bridge roads. He had a number of gunshot wounds.

Marin Sotelo, who was handcuffed and shackled, wore a striped orange jumpsuit and answered “sure” and “no” questions by means of a translator. Through the listening to, Hauter suggested Marin Sotelo of the cost and appointed an lawyer to characterize him. About 30 folks, together with Sheriff Gerald Baker and different deputies, had been within the courtroom.

If the brothers are convicted of homicide, they may face the loss of life penalty or life in jail.

District Lawyer Lorrin Freeman has mentioned she is going to resolve within the subsequent three months whether or not her workplace will search the loss of life penalty. Freeman wrote in a textual content to The Information & Observer that the investigation is ongoing, however further arrests aren’t anticipated.

“Right now we do not anticipate extra prices,” Freeman wrote.

Investigation into Ned Byrd’s killing

A number of businesses assisted the Wake Sheriff’s Workplace within the investigation into Byrd’s killing, together with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the State Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshals Service.

The 2 brothers had been recognized after federal officers analyzed cellphone utilization within the space the place Byrd was discovered useless and narrowed down the suspects, an individual conversant in the investigation mentioned. Federal and different officers then tracked the brothers earlier than taking them in custody in Burke County on Aug. 16.

The 2 brothers have since taken totally different paths within the legal justice system.

Arturo Marin Sotelo, 29, was taken to the Alamance County jail, the place we was arrested on Aug. 18 on the homicide cost and brought to Wake County. He’s at present being held within the Wake jail on no bail.

After officers took the 2 brothers in custody, Alder Marin Sotelo confronted a federal cost of possession of a firearm by an unlawful alien. It stemmed from a July 2021 quotation by a state trooper in Chapel Hill that included a cost of carrying a hid weapon. The cost was placed on maintain, or dismissed with go away, after Alder Marin Sotelo failed to point out up for courtroom twice, in line with courtroom paperwork.

Third brother

Additionally on Aug. 16, a 3rd brother was pulled over by a Forsyth County deputy on a suspicion of unlawful tint and a fictitious tag.

Rolando Marin Sotelo, 18, confronted a federal cost of “possession of ammunition by an unlawful alien,” after two containers of 9 mm bullets had been discovered on the entrance passenger-side floorboard of the Nissan Sentra he was driving, in line with courtroom paperwork. He’s being held on that cost within the Forsyth County jail.

Rolando Marin Sotelo’s lawyer, Dylan Greenwood, mentioned he would not imagine that cost is linked to the investigation of Byrd’s loss of life.

On Aug. 17, regulation enforcement officers present in Winston-Salem the pickup truck believed for use in Byrd’s capturing.

On Aug. 19, a whole bunch gathered in Raleigh for Byrd’s funeral with mourners remembering him as a loyal good friend with a ardour for journey.

“The most important muscle in Ned’s physique was his coronary heart,” mentioned his shut good friend Jason Culbreth at Byrd’s Aug. 19 funeral service attended by a whole bunch of individuals, a lot of them regulation enforcement. “He gave and gave, and due to this, he acquired a variety of love.”


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