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Murder suspect extradited to W.Va.

Mar. 09, 2013 @ 11:57 PM

HUNTINGTON -- One of the men who West Virginia State Police said were involved in a fatal shooting in January was arraigned in Cabell County Magistrate Court on Saturday night.

Bond was denied for Tyerus Brandon "Tank" Hayes, 29, of Detroit, who was charged with felony first-degree murder in connection with a fatal shooting incident that took place at Forest Bluff Apartments on Jan. 2 during which Christopher Carter, 25, of Huntington, was killed.

U.S. Marshalls arrested Hayes on March 1 in Gwinnett County, Georgia, where he had been staying with a relative, said Sgt. G.N. Losh, who accompanied two other troopers to Georgia to execute Hayes' extradition.

In the criminal complaint, officers stated Hayes and Terry Nicholas "Boots" Morton, entered apartment No. 7036 together shortly before 9 p.m. on Jan. 2, where Morton brandished a black semi-automatic pistol.

Witnesses at the scene told troopers Hayes was involved in a physical altercation with Carter, and they heard gunshots inside the residence, according to the complaint. Carter suffered three gunshot wounds to his body, and he died later that night at St. Mary's Medical Center.

It was later reported to officers that Hayes and Morton had an undetermined amount of heroin which was stolen by Carter's girlfriend on Jan. 1, troopers said in the complaint.

Another person involved in the case told officers that Hayes and Morton had made threats to kill people who stole from them, according to the complaint.

Losh said investigators believe Morton has been staying in Detroit since the incident, and information concerning his whereabouts can be provided anonymously to the state police by calling 304-528-5555 or simply dial 911.

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