By DEUCE NIVEN
A third suspect in the slaying of a Brunswick County woman near Tabor City has been formally charged with the crime, Capt. David Nobles of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.
Nathan Tyler Jr., 42, of Sidney-Cherry Grove Road, was returned to Columbus County on Monday after spending a month in custody in Horry County, South Carolina. He was charged with murder, first degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle, fleeing to elude arrest, resisting police, speeding, reckless driving to endanger the public, failure to stop for blue light and siren, failure to stop at a stop sign, and for failing to appear in court.
Tyler was brought back to Columbus County after entering a guilty plea to a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle, a Columbus County Sheriff’s Deputy he is accused of stealing during a May 10 traffic stop in Tabor City, Nobles said.
He is charged with the murder of Alicia Marie Deans, a 26-year-old mother of two from Leland, had come to the Clarendon/Tabor City area on April 28, apparently hoping to rekindle a relationship with a Tyler’s son, whom she previously knew, investigators said.
She instead encountered Tyler, a man from Florida, and a woman from Leland who allegedly worked together to force Deans to an isolated wooded area west of Tabor City, where they robbed her of $34 before killing her, apparently shooting her dead.
Previously charged with Deans’ murder were Michael Jesse Williams, 31, of Fort Myers, Florida; and Kayla Leigh-Anne Turner, 18, of Colony Mitz, Leland.
Williams also shows an address on Gore Trailer Road, Whiteville, where he had been staying with his mother.
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