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Man held in dentist murder charged in fire

A Kannapolis man charged in the killing of a Salisbury dentist has been charged with burning a Kannapolis business last November.

Christopher Boyd, now being held in the Rowan County jail without bond for the murder of Dr. James David Boyd, was charged Wednesday with burning certain public buildings, breaking and entering and felony larceny.

Investigator Cheryl Hearne with the Kannapolis police department charged Christopher Boyd, who is not related to David Boyd, in the burning of Moss & Moore, 1307 S. Main St.

On Nov. 16, a passing motorist saw smoke pouring from Moss & Moore, a heating and air conditioning business. When Kannapolis firefighters arrived, flames were already engulfing parts of the building. The blaze destroyed the business.

Fire investigators ruled the fire as suspicious, and the Kannapolis police received a tip that Christopher Boyd could be responsible, police said.

Boyd, of 873 Oakwood Villa Drive, Kannapolis, also is one of three people charged with murder in the strangling death of the 47-year-old dentist.

Christopher Boyd, 21, his cousin, Jonathan Barnett, 18, and Candice Jo Drye, 23, are all being held in the Rowan jail without bond. Drye is engaged to Christopher Boyd's brother, Stephen Boyd.

Police described Drye as an "acquaintance" of Dr. Boyd. In a Salisbury police affidavit, she said she met with the dentist at his office to exchange sex for money, prescription drugs and alcohol.

Victoria Cherrie contributed