Multiple charges for man in Raleigh hotel double murder

Friday, December 30, 2016
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Brandon Hill is charged in a Raleigh hotel double murder case.

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- A man charged in a double murder at a Raleigh hotel near Crabtree Valley Mall has been extradited to Wake County from Florida and appeared in court Thursday.

Brandon Xavier Hill, 29, arrived at the Wake County jail Thursday and appeared in court to face numerous charges, including:

- First-degree murder, for which he could face the death penalty or life without parole

- First-degree kidnapping

- Assault by strangulation

- First-degree forcible sex, for which he could face life without parole

- First-Degree forcible rape, for which he could face life without parole

- Robbery with a dangerous weapon

Hill is being held on no bond for the murder charge, and a $3 million bond on the other charges.

His next court date is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Jan. 19

Hill dyed his hair and went on the run after the double murder December 2 at the Americas Best Value Inn-Crabtree/Raleigh. The victims were identified as April Lynn Holland, 22, and Dwayne Garvey, 27.

The victims were identified as April Lynn Holland, 22, and Dwayne Garvey, 27.
Wake County Jail

Soon after the killings, police released a surveillance photo of the two suspects in the case.

Police have released an image of these two suspects in the hotel.
Raleigh Police Department

Earlier this month, police arrested 28-year-old Seaga Edward Gillard and charged him with one count of murder in connection to the death of Holland. He was taken to the Wake County Detention Center.

Seaga Edward Gillard, 28
image courtesy Raleigh-Wake CCBI

According to warrants, Holland - who was pregnant with her fourth child - was found shot to death in a hotel room. Garvey was found face down in a hallway near the lobby. Detectives said multiple shots were fired at the victims. Almost 10 shell casings were found.

Friends said the couple was homeless and had been staying at the hotel for about a month.

Heavy law enforcement outside the Americas Best Value Inn Crabtree in Raleigh
ABC11 Photographer/Jim Schumacher

Hill led police on a multiple-county chase in early December but got away. He was later captured in Florida, the Raleigh Police Department said.

Police say they found several powerful firearms, badges, and stolen Durham police uniforms in the car they recovered after the North Carolina chase.

According to police, Brittany Jenzell Hooks, 27, was driving the vehicle involved in the chase. She was arrested and charged with felony speeding to elude and taken to the Wake County Detention Center.

Brittany Jenzell Hooks, 27
image courtesy Raleigh-Wake CCBI

Hill's first-degree kidnapping and assault by strangulation charges stem from a separate incident on October 28.

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