NEW INFO: More Charges Coming In Christmas Eve Murder

Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks now says all three men arrested Sunday in connection with the robbery and death of a man on Christmas Eve will face murder charges.

Kelly Mills was arrested Sunday night for killing Danny Tyson on Christmas Eve after a robbery at the man's home on Dynamite Drive.

The sheriff says Alfred Tyson and Jokshon Prayer, charged earlier Sunday with robbing the man, will also be charged with murder.

Elks says Tyson was shot in the head at point blank range with his own shotgun. That weapon was just found Monday morning after a tip from one of the three suspects. It was located in a ditch across from Tyson's home.

The sheriff says robbery was a motive for the murder, with one of the men wanting the money for cocaine.

Deputies say Tyson was robbed and say the three then returned later that night and killed the man.


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A judge set the man's bond at $5.2 million and appointed him a public defender.

Warrants say Mills conspired with Alfred Tyson and Jokshon Prayer, two men who were arrested earlier Sunday, to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon against Danny Tyson.

A man arrested Sunday for the murder of a Pitt County man went before a judge Monday morning.

Kelly Mills is accused of killing Danny Tyson on Christmas Eve after a robbery at the man's home on Dynamite Drive.

A judge set the man's bond at $5.2 million and appointed him a public defender.

Warrants say Mills conspired with Alfred Tyson and Jokshon Prayer, two men who were arrested earlier Sunday, to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon against Danny Tyson.

The warrant says Mills stole about $220 from Tyson and threatened him with a 12"-18" adjustable wrench on Christmas Eve.

A second warrant accuses Mills of killing Tyson, although the warrant does not specify how the murder happened.

Officials tell us the men left after the initial robbery and Tyson was killed when they returned later that night.

The victim's body was found five days later when he didn't show up for work.


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The Pitt County Sheriff's Office says they now have a man in custody charged for the murder of Danny Tyson. Two men were charged earlier Sunday in connection with Tyson's death.

The man charged with Tyson's murder, Kelly Mills, was seen leaving the Pitt County Sheriff's Department in handcuffs just before 11 p.m. Sunday night.

According to warrants, Mills is accused of conspiring with Alfred Tyson and Jokshon Prayer, two men arrested earlier Sunday in connection to the case, to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon against Danny Tyson.

The warrant says Mills stole about $220 from Tyson and threatened him with a 12"-18" adjustable wrench on Christmas Eve.

Mills is accused in a second warrant of killing Danny Tyson although the warrant does not specify how the murder happened.

Officials tell us the men left after the initial robbery and Tyson was killed when the men returned later that night.

Officials say alcohol and drugs were involved in the incident.

It wasn't until December 29th that Tyson's body was discovered by a concerned co-worker.

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According to the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office two people have been arrested in connection with the death of 55-year-old Danny Tyson.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, Christy Wallace, says investigators received new information on the case on January 28th.

Wallace says 21-year-old Jokshon Prayer and 51-year-old Alfred Tyson (no relation to victim) have both been arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.

Both are in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.

More charges are pending further investigation.

Officials haven’t released any other new details about the case, but say the death is still considered suspicious.

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Authorities say a man found dead in his Pitt County home died from a gunshot wound, but they're not yet saying his death was a homicide.

Danny Tyson's body was found Wednesday, December 29th at his Dynamite Drive home by a concerned co-worker. The 55-year-old man was found slumped over on the couch.

Sheriff Neil Elks says items were discovered missing from the home, but they're not sure if they were missing in relation to the man's death, or were taken afterward. Elks says there were no signs of forced entry into the home or any signs of a scuffle. He says they're waiting on toxicology and gun residue tests.

The sheriff said Tyson had no indications of suicidal tendencies.


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  • by Saddened Location: Greenville on Feb 4, 2011 at 09:15 AM
    I never knew Danny Tyson ,although I did know James and Buddy . Speaking to the family of the victim I am deeply sorry for your loss .The two older men they have in custody I know them I grew up in that neighborhood ,One of the (Tyson) is my cousin.Im not sure how this happened or why I only know nothing can bring Danny back and it really makes me angry to see defenseless people gunned down for senseless reasons.My prayers go out to the family and friends of the victim. Greenville used to be a decent place to live and now its like drugs everywhere . Drug related homicides everywhere. Drug related thefts everywhere. When does it end...................?
  • by BRT on Jan 31, 2011 at 03:55 PM
    RIP Danny, You will not be forgotten, Justice will prevail!
  • by To Angie Tyson on Jan 31, 2011 at 03:39 PM
    Sorry for your loss, and hope that justice is truly served on these 3 individuals. With that being said, if you do not like reading the comments on this page, then don't come look at them anymore. I find it hard to believe that you would want to deny all these great Americans their Constitutionally protected freedoms of speech and expression. And by the way, God didn't offer up these 3 men to the officials. It was the result of some great detective work by law enforcement. How about give them some credit since everyone seems so quick to give them a hard time.
  • by Angie Tyson Location: Winterville on Jan 31, 2011 at 02:15 PM
    I am a family member of Danny. I was told by a co-worker to take a look at this website and the comments that are being made. I am appauled! My co-worker pulled up for me comments made on an earlier news feed when this tragedy 1st happened. I completely understand freedom of speech and respect it but I feel WITN should remove all of these comments that are being left by these individuals whom apparently have nothing else to do but talk about each other and to drag each other thru the mud. No good will come out of any of this drama. Some people have way too much time on their hands and drama in their lives - I'm glad I dont. I am so thankful to God for not allowing Danny's death to be forgotten- God has offered up the 3 men that are responsible for his death and I am trusting in God that these men will pay for their crimes. Thanks to everyone who has prayed for our family during this difficult time.
  • by NC Starr Location: Greenville on Jan 31, 2011 at 02:07 PM
    Very happy the "people" involved in Danny's murder have been caught and arrested. It really doesn't matter if drugs were involved or not...no one deserves to be murdered! Black, white, green, or purple these guys need to be held accountable for their actions.
  • by friend Location: walstonburg on Jan 31, 2011 at 12:41 PM
    did not realize who this was nice guy and i agree the danny i knew would give the shirt off his back prayers to the family.
  • by To: Family member @2:07pm on Jan 31, 2011 at 12:21 PM
    I don't see any posts from anyone named Jennifer. Does your computer show you things it does not show anyone else?? Did not know Mr. Tyson but, so glad for his relatives & friends that these individuals were caught. Maybe you will get the answers you need as to what happened.
  • by Family Member Location: Greenville on Jan 31, 2011 at 11:43 AM
    I don't see where Jennifer has posted anything. Please don't be petty and start this again. This is not the time nor the place. Please respect Danny's memory and honor it, don't tarnish it by acting childish.
  • by Family Member on Jan 31, 2011 at 11:07 AM
    To Jennifer - PLEASE dont start this again - Stop the commenting NOW !
  • by J.D. Location: Eastern N.C. on Jan 31, 2011 at 10:57 AM
    Just another case where drugs was the main cause of the trouble. I am telling you once again drums of drugs need to be put out on every street corner. Let the addicts have all they can stand. The users will over dose in a short time with all the free drugs and it will stop a lot of these stupid crimes. When there is no money to be made the drug dealers will do something else.
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