Murder Suspect Charged With Rape, Burglary

A murder suspect faces new charges for a 2009 break-in and rape in Bertie County after DNA evidence links the man to the case.

Selran Watford of Bertie County is one of the suspects in the Super Bowl night murder of Isaac Bland of Williamston. Bland's body was found in a creek.

Court records show that Watford is now charged with first degree burglary, second degree rape and felony breaking and entering of a motor vehicle.

The Roanoke-Chowan News Herald says the charges stem from a break-in and rape in 2009. After lawmen matched DNA from that crime scene to Watford's collected after he was charged with murder earlier this year.

A new state law requires suspects of some violent crimes submit DNA samples.

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The second suspect in a Super Bowl night murder in Bertie County is now behind bars.

Lawmen say they have arrested Tydreak Winston for the murder of Issac Bland. Selran Watford was arrested by deputies early Tuesday.

The Medical Examiner's office says Bland died from a gunshot wound to the left neck and ruled his death a homicide.

Bland, the father of three young children, was last seen Sunday night after he left with friends to go to a club in Bertie County. The Williamston man's body was found the next day in a creek.

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A father of three young children has been killed and two men have been charged with his murder. Bertie County deputies say one of those men is in jail while they continue to search for the other suspect.

Dead is 28-year-old Issac Bland of Williamston. Relatives tell WITN News that he had four year old twins, and a two year old son.

Bland's body was found in a creek off of Middle Tract Road Monday after lawmen received a tip. Sheriff John Holley tells WITN the body was recovered from the water.

Already arrested for Bland's murder is 22-year-old Selran Watford of Windsor. Watford is being held without bond in the Bertie-Martin Regional Jail.

Authorities say Watford lives on Morning Road, which is about a mile and a half from where the body was found.

Department of Correction records show Watford has been on probation. His convictions include assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, possession of a schedule VI narcotics, and simple assault.

Meanwhile, a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Tydreak Winston, also from Windsor, for first degree murder. He has not been located at this time.

The 26-year-old Winston has previous convictions for indecent liberties with a child, possession with intent to sell schedule VI narcotics, 2nd degree kidnapping of a minor, felony B&E, and simple assault. He was last released from prison last March.

Bland's uncle says he, the victim and the victim's father all went to a Super Bowl party in Williamston. After the party, the uncle says Bland wanted the three to go to a club in Bertie County, but the others said they were too tired. Instead, Bland caught a ride with a friend around 9:30 p.m. and that was the last time they heard from him.

No cause of death has been listed for Bland. An autopsy for the man is scheduled for tomorrow.

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Bertie County authorities are investigating the discovery of a body. Deputies will only say the discovery was made in a rural part of the county.

The still unidentified man's body was found around 4:30 p.m. after they received a tip.

Lawmen say they are in the middle of their investigation and have called in the State Bureau of Investigation to help.

Right now they are treating the discovery as suspicious and so far no arrests have been made.

Stay with WITN News and for more on this developing story.

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