17-year-old charged with murder of Orange Co. teens to be tried as adult

18-year-old Devin Clark and 14-year-old Lyric Woods
18-year-old Devin Clark and 14-year-old Lyric Woods(Source: WRAL via CNN)
Published: Nov. 7, 2022 at 1:21 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 7, 2022 at 2:48 PM EST
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ORANGE COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - The 17-year-old boy charged in connection with the deaths of friends Lyric Woods and Devin Clark will be tried as an adult, deputies said Monday.

WRAL reports that Issiah Ross, of Mebane, went to school with Clark. Ross is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Woods, 14, and Clark, 18.

The two teen victims were found dead on Sept. 18 off of a remote ATV path.

Ross is being held without bond in a juvenile detention facility. His first appearance in Superior Court is on either Nov. 15 or 16.

Ross’ name previously was not allowed to be released while the case was in juvenile court.

Orange County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Neiman said that even though Ross will be tried as an adult, no one under 18 is eligible for the death penalty. The most serious punishment is life in prison without the possibility of parole.

At a Monday afternoon press conference, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office released new details on the status of the case.

Deputies believe Woods and Clark were killed on Saturday, Sept. 17. They were found the next day, Sunday, Sept. 18.

On Sunday, the sheriff’s office said they believe Ross left the state and went to Delaware. Deputies reached out to authorities there, and on Oct. 5th, Ross was detained.

The sheriff’s office says it has finished its investigation and the case has been turned over to the district attorney’s office.

Authorities say they cannot release much more information, including any possible motive, because they do not want to risk the case.

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