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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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