One man is charged with murder and authorities said they expect more arrests in connection with last week’s shooting of Wake County Deputy Ned Byrd.
Arturo Marin-Sotelo, 29, of Oak Tree Drive in Apex, charged with Byrd’s murder and due in court at 2pm
“It gives this office great pleasure … to share that one of the suspects we believe to be involved in the death of Deputy Sheriff Ned Byrd in that case has been charged with murder,” Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker said during the briefing. on Thursday afternoon.
Lieutenant Walter Adams said on Thursday that authorities expect more arrests in the case. Citing the ongoing investigation, the sheriff’s office did not answer questions from media members Thursday afternoon.
“We urge the public to provide any additional information they can provide to us,” Adams said.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 919-306-6931 or 919-306-7748. Adams said the lines are open 24/7.
Adams has “led the investigation,” said Wake County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Eric Curry.
Ned Byrd’s Family: A Rollercoaster of Emotions
Walter Penney, Byrd’s uncle, responded to Thursday’s news of Marin-Sotelo’s murder charge.
‘We are happy. It’s a roller coaster, so to speak,” Penney said. “We are happy in moments [and] said in others.
“The end result is that we still miss our cousin.”
Penney expressed his gratitude to the researcher.
“This is bittersweet,” Penney said. “We were hoping for the past few days [that] this would happen, and it has and the law has triumphed.”
Sheriff Deputy Ned Byrd shot dead in the early hours of August 12, 2022
A series of phone calls on the night of Aug. 11 took Byrd and his K-9 partner to a rural area of Battle Bridge Road in southeastern Wake County, according to Baker.
Byrd, 48, was found dead around 1 a.m. on Aug. 12. He had been shot several times and officials believe he was killed about two hours before he was found.
Marin-Sotelo and Alder Alfonso Marin were taken into custody Tuesday in Burke County, west of Wake County, for questioning in Byrd’s murder. A cousin of the two men told WSOC-TV that they are brothers.
WSOC-TV reported that the North Carolina State Highway Patrol detained the two men during two separate traffic stops along Interstate 40. The station reported that federal marshals had taken the two men into custody.
Burke County reporters yelled questions at the men as they were taken for questioning, but they didn’t answer.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Marin was in federal custody, according to the Durham County Sheriff’s Office.
Truck linked to deputy Byrd’s death found in Winston-Salem
On Thursday, Baker confirmed that authorities have found a truck linked to Byrd’s murder. Late Wednesday night, multiple sources told WRAL News that a truck related to the murder of a Wake County sheriff’s deputy had been located and picked up in Winston-Salem.
“We’re working on some very, very necessary other components of this case, and so the work continues,” Baker said Thursday.
The Wake County Sheriff’s Office was looking for a white truck connected to Byrd’s death, but the truck found was sprayed red.
The North Carolina Sheriff’s Association announced Monday that the organization is offering a $100,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Byrd’s murder.
The funeral of Deputy Ned Byrd, procession to be held Friday
Byrd is the seventh law enforcement officer shot while on duty in North Carolina in the past three weeks.
Funeral arrangements for Byrd have also been announced. The visit will be at the Mitchell Funeral Home at 7209 Glenwood Ave Thursday from 3 to 8 PM.
Byrd’s funeral will take place Friday at 11 a.m. at Providence Baptist Church at 6339 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh.
The Raleigh Police Department will close Glenwood Avenue as of 10:30 a.m. Shortly after the road closure, Byrd’s casket is placed on a caisson led by the State Highway Patrol’s caisson unit to be transported to Providence Baptist Church. Members of the sheriff’s office will serve as porters.
After the service, police will follow the hearse carrying Byrd’s remains to Brown-Wynne Funeral Home at 300 Saint Mary’s St.