Two North Carolina Teens Murdered, 17-Year-Old is Suspected to be Responsible

September 22, 2022

By: Mariah Fritz

A petition has been filed by The Orange County Sheriff’s Office charging the unarmed suspect with two counts of first-degree murder for killing 14-year-old Lyric Woods and 18-year-old Devin Clark, according to the New York Post. The teen suspect was charged two days after the teens’ “bullet-riddled bodies were found on a trail earlier this week” near a powerline easement, authorities confirmed Tuesday.

Sheriff Charles Blackwood of The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement: “Through the hard work of my investigators, along with the assistance of personnel from many other law enforcement agencies, we have identified a suspect in this case. We will now work with local, state, and federal authorities to apprehend and present the suspect to the court system.”

As stated by in-laws in North Carolina, 16- and 17-year-old criminals are not tried as adults at first. However, the case has the potential to be transferred to a Superior Court if there is probable cause or notice of indictment, Sheriff Charles stated.

Woods, who lived in Hillsborough, was reported missing by her stepfather after realizing she was not in her room or anywhere in the house on Saturday afternoon. A neighbor allegedly saw Woods enter someone’s car at 3 a.m. on Saturday, and a police dog tracked her scent through the woods.

Clark, who lived in Mebane, was reported missing by his family on Sunday shortly before his body was found. A local living near the crime scene reported that he heard 15 gunshots fired that night.

On Monday evening, a memorial service was held for Clark at Eastern Alamance High School. The community has been memorializing the location of the crime with crosses, candles, lights, and other items. Woods’ grandfather, Stan Dean, has set a reward for whoever catches the killer, writing in a Facebook post: “$10,000.00 reward to the capture of the ones responsible for my granddaughter’s murder! Cash! I need results!”