Teenager Makes Guilty Murder Plea

By: Chelsea Donovan
By: Chelsea Donovan

A Jacksonville teenager pled guilty to second degree murder today in an Onslow county courtroom, for killing a hotel manager.

19 year-old Casey Tyler will now spend 23 to 28 years in prison. Police say 42 year-old Timothy Spicer the manager of the Innkeeper hotel in Jacksonville was killed in August of 2007 at his Jacksonville home.

Firefighters first responded to Spicer's burning car in Onslow County, then arrived at his home to find him dead, shot in the neck.

Tyler wrote statements in jail saying that Spicer wanted to be his boyfriend and made advances at him so he killed him. Prosecutors say there was no evidence of a relationship between the two men.

Today Tyler apologized to the family, stating he didn't mean for it to happen this way. Spicer's family also spoke today in court.

Tyler was also charged with larceny, burning of personal property and possessing a weapon of mass destruction.


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