• 52°

Grand jury adds more charges in dentist's murder

By Shavonne Potts
spotts@salisburypost.com
The three people already charged with the murder of Salisbury dentist Dr. James David Boyd were informed of additional charges Friday morning based on grand jury indictments issued earlier this week.
The indictments were served, and one by one, Salisbury police detectives led Christopher Boyd, 21, Jonathan Barnett, 18, and Candice Drye, 23, from the Rowan County Detention Center to the Rowan Magistrate’s Office.
“I’m innocent. I didn’t do it,” Drye told reporters who were there for the defendants’ short walks.
When asked about the charges, Barnett also said, “Didn’t do it.”
Boyd made no comments.
All three are charged with first-degree burglary, felonious larceny and armed robbery. They have been in the county jail since their arrests three weeks ago.
An employee discovered the dentist’s body at his home after he failed to show up for work. A preliminary autopsy revealed Boyd died by strangulation. A search warrant has revealed the dentist was trading prescription drugs to young women for sexual favors.
After Christopher Boyd, Barnett and Drye were taken back to jail, investigators discussed the additional charges during a press conference.
The burglary charges stem from the fact that they entered Boyd’s home at night when he was there, explained Salisbury Police Detective J.D. Barber.
As for the larceny and armed robbery charges, police say the three took a laptop computer and digital cameras, which were worth more than $1,000, and used a weapon.
Barber did not specify what type weapon.
“They did use a weapon to obtain other items from the home of Dr. Boyd,” he said.
The stolen items were recovered from an adjoining county, Barber said.
These other crimes are the underlying factor for the homicide, he said.
Investigators are not done with the case. There’s still more interviews with other witnesses, Barber said.
When asked if investigators expect others to be charged, Barber said they did not know yet.
“This case will never be through until it goes to trial,” he said.
All were placed under an additional $200,000 bond for the recent charges.
They’ve been in the jail without bond.

Comments

Comments closed.

Local

City gives away nearly 100 trees during ‘We Dig Salisbury’ event

Local

Political Notebook: Bitzer expects most ‘Trump-like’ candidate to be favorite in state’s Senate race

Crime

Blotter: Concord man arrested in Rowan for indecent liberties with children

Coronavirus

Half of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 shot

Nation/World

Police: FedEx shooter legally bought guns used in shooting

News

Hester Ford, oldest living American, dies at 115 … or 116?

Local

Size of pipeline spill again underestimated in North Carolina

BREAKING NEWS

Kannapolis Police searching for suspect who fled scene of homicide

Education

RSS superintendent talks district’s future, strategic plan survey

News

Complaints and fines pile up against unpermitted landfill in southwest Rowan County

College

Catawba baseball: Crowd comes out to say goodbye to Newman Park

Lifestyle

History is a great teacher: Farming has helped shape Rowan County

Business

‘A safe place for them’: Timeless Wigs and Marvelous Things celebrates fifth anniversary

China Grove

County will hear request for more tree houses, hobbit-style homes in China Grove

Coronavirus

Livingstone College partners with Health Department to administer 500 Pfizer vaccinations

Education

‘Elite and it shows’: Staff at Partners in Learning at Novant celebrate news of national accreditation

Business

Biz Roundup: Food Lion earns Energy Star award for 20th consecutive year

Columns

Ester Marsh: What body type are you?

Nation/World

The queen says goodbye to Philip, continues her reign alone

Nation/World

Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

Nation/World

US, China agree to cooperate on climate crisis with urgency

Nation/World

Sikh community calls for gun reforms after FedEx shooting

High School

North Rowan romps into second round of football playoffs

Nation/World

FBI had interviewed former FedEx employee who killed eight