Apex man charged in murder of Wake Co. Rep. Ned Byrd

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — An Apex man has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death of Wake County Assemblyman Ned Byrd.

Arturo Marin-Sotelo, 29, was arrested and charged with felony murder, according to court documents served on Thursday.

Booking photo by Arturo Marin-Sotelo
Arturo Marin-Sotelo (Wake County Jail)

Deputy Byrd was shot dead on duty on August 11.

Byrd, 48, of Raleigh, was shot and killed just after 11 p.m. near Battle Bridge and Auburn Knightdale streets in Raleigh on August 11, Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker said. Byrd was outside his vehicle at the time of the shooting and his K-9, Sasha, remained in the squad car.

“The dog was still in the vehicle, which tells us what he let out didn’t appear to pose a threat or necessitate any need for his partner,” Baker said.

As Wake County’s investigation stretched into a fifth day, a river search, a property dispute and a traffic delay drew attention on Tuesday.

Dive teams searched the river and crews searched the shoreline off Auburn Knightdale Road, about half a mile from the scene where Deputy Ned Byrd was killed late Thursday night.

This is an evolving story, stay tuned to CBS 17 for breaking news.

https://www.cbs17.com/news/suspect-arrested-charged-with-murder-in-connection-with-wake-co-deputy-shooting/ Apex man charged in murder of Wake Co. Rep. Ned Byrd

Dais Johnston

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