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A man is charged with murder and authorities said they expect more arrests in connection with the shooting death last week of Wake County Deputy Ned Byrd.

Arturo Marin-Sotelo, 29, of Oak Tree Drive in Apex, is charged with the murder of Byrd.

“It gives this office great pleasure … to be able to share that one of the suspects we believe is involved in the death of Deputy Ned Byrd has been charged with murder in this case,” the county sheriff said. of Wake, Gerald Baker, during a briefing. Thursday afternoon.

Lt. Walter Adams said Thursday authorities anticipate there will be more arrests in the case. Citing the ongoing investigation, the sheriff’s office did not respond to any questions from members of the media Thursday afternoon.

“We urge the public to provide any additional information they may be able to provide to us,” Adams said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 919-306-6931 or 919-306-7748. Adams said the lines are open 24/7.

Adams “directed the investigation,” according to Eric Curry, public information officer for the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.

“We’re not going to stop until we bring these individuals to justice,” Baker said.

Arturo Marin-Sotelo makes his first court appearance

On Thursday afternoon, Marin-Sotelo made his first court appearance. He asked for a court-appointed lawyer. Judge Damion McCullers has named a capital defender.

If convicted, Marin-Sotelo faces life in prison without parole or the death penalty, according to McCullers.

The deputy prosecutor has asked authorities to hold Marin-Sotelo without bond until the next court date, which is set for 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 8.

On Thursday, Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman was asked if authorities would pursue the death penalty against Marin-Sotelo.

“It’s really something that we as a state will review the evidence in this case and review this and make the decision, I anticipate that they will be announced within the next 90 days,” Freeman said.

Freeman said authorities expect another person to appear this week in an initial court appearance for murder.

Baker and several Wake County deputies attended Marin-Sotelo’s court appearance on Thursday.

Ned Byrd’s family: a roller coaster of emotions

Walter Penney, Byrd’s uncle, reacted to Thursday’s news about Marin-Sotelo’s murder charge.

“We’re happy. It’s a roller coaster, so to speak,” Penney said. “We are happy in times [and] said in others.

“The end result is that we still miss our nephew.”

Penney expressed his thanks to the investigator.

“It’s bittersweet,” Penney said. “We were hoping in the last few days [that] it would happen, and it did, and the law prevailed.”

Deputy Ned Byrd found shot dead in the early hours of August 12, 2022

A series of calls on the night of Aug. 11 brought Byrd and his K-9 partner to a rural area of ​​Battle Bridge Road in southeastern Wake County, according to Baker.

Byrd, 48, was found dead around 1 a.m. on August 12. He had been shot multiple times and officials believe he was killed around two hours before he was found.

Marin-Sotelo and Alder Alfonso Marin were arrested Tuesday in Burke County, west of Wake County, for questioning in connection with Byrd’s murder. A cousin of the two men tells WSOC-TV they’re brothers.

WSOC-TV reported that the North Carolina State Highway Patrol arrested the two men during two separate traffic stops along Interstate 40. The station reported that federal marshals arrested the two men.

Alder Alfonso Marin

Burke County reporters shouted questions at the men as they were led away for questioning, but offered no answers.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Marin was in federal custody, according to the Durham County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities transferred Marin to the Forsyth County Detention Center.

Truck linked to Deputy Byrd’s death found in Winston-Salem

On Thursday, Baker confirmed that authorities had found a truck linked to Byrd’s murder. Late Wednesday night, multiple sources told WRAL News that a truck linked to the killing of a Wake County deputy was located and recovered in Winston-Salem.

“We’re working on other very, very necessary components to this case, and so the work is continuing,” Baker said Thursday.

The Wake County Sheriff’s Office was looking for a white truck linked to Byrd’s death, but the truck found had been spray painted red..

Truck before and after being spray painted

The North Carolina Sheriff’s Association announced Monday that the organization is offering a $100,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Byrd’s murder.

Ned Byrd was a 13-year veteran of the Wake County Sheriff's Office.

Funeral of MP Ned Byrd, procession to be held on Friday

Byrd is the seventh law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in North Carolina in the past three weeks.

Byrd’s funeral arrangements were also announced. Visitation will be held Thursday from 3-8 p.m. at Mitchell’s Funeral Home at 7209 Glenwood Ave.

Byrd’s funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Providence Baptist Church at 6339 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh.

Photos of a truck possibly involved in the murder of an MP

The Raleigh Police Department will close Glenwood Avenue beginning at 10:30 a.m. Shortly after the road is closed, Byrd’s casket will be placed on a caisson run by the State Highway Patrol Caisson Unit for be transported to Providence Baptist Church. Members of the Sheriff’s Office will serve as porters.

After the service, law enforcement will follow the hearse carrying Byrd’s remains to the Brown-Wynne Funeral Home at 300 Saint Mary’s St.

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