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Investigators say Ayden man was under influence of drugs when he killed his grandparents

Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 6:48 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 9, 2020 at 1:22 PM EDT
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CRAVEN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - An Ayden man is being held without bond following his first court appearance on charges he murdered his grandparents in Craven County.

Investigators say that Michael Norris, 30, was under the influence of drugs when he shot his grandparents, Sandra and Andrew Hoyle, at their Dragstrip Road home on Wednesday.

Officials say they were able to track Norris down using GPS technology and that the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office assisted in finding him.

Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes says work is underway to determine where Norris got the drugs they say he was under the influence of.

Norris’ next court date is August 13th.

In 2017, Norris was convicted in Pitt County for a heroin charge according to Craven County District Attorney Scott Thomas.

An Ayden man made a brief court appearance Thursday morning after being charged with killing his grandparents.

Craven County deputies say around 4:38 pm Wednesday they got a report of two dead people at 551 Dragstrip Road north of New Bern.

When they got there they found the bodies of Sandra Hoyle and Andrew Hoyle, owners of the home.

While investigating, deputies discovered Hoyle’s vehicle was missing and identified 30-year-old Michael Norris, of Ayden as the suspect. Norris is the grandson of the victims.

The Hoyle’s vehicle was located in Beaufort County and stopped by Beaufort County Sheriff’s Deputies and the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

The sheriff’s office says Norris was driving and taken into custody without incident.

A weapon, believed to be the murder weapon was recovered from the vehicle.

Norris is charged with two open counts of murder and is being held in the Craven County Jail without bond.

The Craven County Sheriff’s Office says they found a man and a woman dead at a home on Dragstrip Road Wednesday.

The sheriff’s office says 30-year-old Michael Norris shot and killed his grandparents.

Norris was found in Belhaven and arrested by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

The Craven County Sheriff’s Office is on the scene of a double homicide.

Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes says it happened on Dragstrip Road.

Sheriff Hughes says it involves a man and a woman.

We’ll update the story as we learn more details.

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