Orange County seeking to try 17-year-old double murder suspect as adult

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022
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The 17-year-old accused of killing two high school students in Orange County could be tried as an adult, the Orange County DA says.

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- The 17-year-old accused of killing two high school students in Orange County could be tried as an adult.

Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall said Wednesday that they are undergoing the process to be able to try him as an adult.

The suspect. who made a court appearance Tuesday, is still in juvenile jurisdiction. It will take about 15 days to go through the process to convert the case.

Tuesday's hearing was a brief first appearance and detention hearing.

The still unidentified suspect was arrested Oct. 5 on murder charges connected to the Sept. 18 killings of Lyric Woods and Devin Clark.

Woods was a 14-year-old student at Cedar Ridge High School. Clark was an 18-year-old senior at Eastern Alamance High.

The pair's bodies were found by ATV riders on a trail in Orange County.

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Investigators have not released much information about the case, citing the age of the suspect.

NOTE: Video is from a previous report and will be updated.