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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  • by A Location: work on Jan 27, 2009 at 04:40 AM
    I wonder if T.I. making things "right" had anything to do with this scum bag turning himself in. MTV is actually going to let him have a reality show for the 1000 hours of community service he wants to complete before he goes to prison. Outrageous. I guess all I can say is thankfully he turned himself in. . . but wish he would be in longer. That poor family. At least they know he will be behind bars for a little while.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Jan 26, 2009 at 03:24 PM
    He was charged with having a weapon of mass destruction because if I remember correctly from the previous story he was in possecion of a sawed off shotgun when he was caught.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jan 26, 2009 at 03:08 PM
    Thats where the weapons of mass destruction were! At most he will be 47 when released. the victim and his family will never have a day together again. What's wrong with this picture.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jan 26, 2009 at 02:10 PM
    Technically, he is a teenager, but he is an adult. He knew what he was doing, and he threw away the best years of his life. That was just stupidity. He should have called the police and took out a warrant if the man would not leave him alone.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2009 at 01:28 PM
    Weapon of mass destruction? Did he nuke the car?
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jan 26, 2009 at 01:02 PM
    Now he will have to face 23 years of many boyfriends that he will not be able to get away from.

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