No bond for teen charged with killing step-grandfather

NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) - A judge will keep a teen behind bars without bond after he was charged with stabbing to death his step-grandfather.

Gabriel Purick made his first court appearance Monday morning in New Bern.

Craven County deputies say David Byrum Jr., 55, was stabbed multiple times Friday night at the home the two shared on Lariat Circle outside of New Bern.

Deputies say Byrum was stabbed after an argument and Purick was charged with murder.

The judge ordered the 19-year-old to be continued held without bond and set March 12th as his next court date.


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The Craven County Sheriff's Office is investigating a murder in New Bern, according to Investigative Sgt. Mike Sawyer.

The sheriff's office responded to a stabbing on Lariat Circle on Friday around 8 p.m. When deputies arrived, they found David Byrum Jr., 55, of New Bern, stabbed multiple times.

Gabriel Purick, 19, of New Bern and of the same residence, has been charged with an open count of murder. He has no bond. Purick is the step-grandson of Byrum.

Investigators believe the stabbing was a result of an argument. Byrum was taken to Carolina East Medical Center where he later died.

The stabbing is still under investigation.