2 Taylorsville men charged with murder of acquaintance

Justin Roy Bradey
Justin Roy Bradey Alexander County Sheriff's Office

Two Taylorsville men have been charged with the murder of an acquaintance following an alcohol-fueled argument in early April, authorities said Tuesday.

Justen Roy Bradey, 30, and David Ralph Reames, 53, both of Taylorsville, were charged in the April 3 incident.

John Minor, 54, also of Taylorsville, had been on life support for most of the time following the attack before he died on April 9, Alexander County Sheriff’s Office Detective Mark St. Clair said.

The case began with a 911 call at 11:30 p.m. April 3 regarding an incident at Reames’ home on Lori Lane. All three had been hanging out there when an argument broke out, St. Clair said.

Minor refused to leave, and he was beaten and placed in a choke hold, St Clair said, adding, “They held him down until the law got there.”

Bradey and Reames remain in Alexander County Detention Center without bond, St. Clair said.

He said the district attorney was waiting on a report from the medical examiner’s office before filing the murder charges.

Reames originally was charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury, and Bradey’s initial charge was assault by strangulation and assault inflicting serious bodily injury.

Observer researcher Maria David contributed to this report.

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