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3rd man sentenced in fiery 2010 Caldwell murder case

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The conviction and sentencing of Dyland Shane Teeters, 22, of Lenoir, on Wednesday brought to an end the trials of three men charged in a June 2010 double homicide in Caldwell County. (Caldwell County Jail photo.)

A June 2010 double homicide case in Caldwell County came to an end Wednesday with the conviction and sentencing of a man accused of helping dispose of the bodies, prosecutors say.

Dylan Shane Teeters, 22, of Lenoir, was convicted in Caldwell County Superior Court on two counts of accessory after the fact of murder. He was sentenced by Judge C. Thomas Edwards to between eight years four months and 11 years six months in prison.

Two other men were convicted and sentenced earlier this year – Justin Ray Hester, 26, the alleged gunman; and Matthew Bradley Powell, 24, of Lenoir, who was accused of helping Hester and Teeters dispose of the bodies. Hester was sentenced to two consecutive life terms, and Powell was sentenced to between 11 and 15 years in prison.

They had been charged in the deaths of Kevin Lee Shatley and Harlie Brooke Carter.

During the trials, prosecutors said Hester owed Carter $2,000, and she had gone with Shatley to collect the money. Prosecutors say Hester instead shot the victims in the head with a .357 revolver.

Prosecutors alleged Hester recruited Powell and Teeters to help him get rid of the bodies. The trio originally planned to push Carter’s Ford Mustang into Lake Rhodhiss, but the car got bogged in a swampy area near the lake. So, according to prosecutors, the three men decided to burn the car. It was found later by hikers.

Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107 Twitter: @slyttle
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