Final defendant in double-murder sentenced
The final chapter in a grisly 2010 murder case in Granite Falls closed Wednesday when Dylan Shane Teeters, 22, of Lenoir was convicted of helping put a dead body in a car and setting it on fire to conceal the killing.
Teeters pleaded guilty to two counts of accessory after the fact of murder and was sentenced to eight years four months to 11 1/2 years in prison.
Teeters was one of three defendants in a double murder that took place in the Dudley Shoals area of Caldwell County on June 4, 2010.
On June 5, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office received a report at 2:30 p.m. that a group of young people on their way to swim near the Rhodhiss Dam found a burned-out vehicle in a remote, overgrown, muddy area. Inside the car, investigators found the burned remains of two human bodies, and they recovered a West Caldwell High School class ring with the name Kevin inscribed on it.Investigators eventually determined the bodies were Kevin Shatley, 25, and Harlie Brook Carter, 19.
Evidence showed Carter and Shatley left with Justin Ray Hester in Carter’s Mustang and headed toward Gateway Alternative School on Dudley Shoals Road on the night of June 4. Hester, who owed Carter $2,000, shot them both in the back of the head with a gun that belonged to Matthew Bradley Powell, then 21, of Granite Falls. Investigators say Hester went to get Powell and Teeters to help get rid of the bodies.
Teeters and Powell drove the Mustang to a site off Power House Road in Rhodhiss and tried to roll the car into the lake but couldn't, so they instead went to Northside Superette in Granite Falls, purchased a can of gas, returned to the Mustang and set the car on fire. The ignition of the gasoline and fumes reportedly created a fireball that blew Teeters out of his sandals and ball cap, which were later found near the burned-out Mustang, and left Teeters with burns.
Hester, 26, was convicted Feb. 11 of two counts of first-degree murder and was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences without parole. Powell, as part of a plea deal, was convicted May 20 on two counts of accessory after the fact of first-degree murder and sentenced to 11 years two months to 15 years in prison.