Two sentenced in Watauga County murder case

Two more cases pending

BETHEL-Nearly a year and a half following the murder of an Iredell County man in the Bethel community, two Watauga County residents pleaded guilty to charges associated with the case.

That news comes from the Watauga County Clerk of Court’s Office Monday.

William David Cable recently pleaded guilty to second degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapons and conspiracy to rob with a dangerous weapon. His charges were consolidated for the purpose of sentencing. He was ordered to serve 216 to 272 months active in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

In a separate ruling, Jessica Lynne Oakes pleaded guilty to two counts of accessory after the fact of robbery with a dangerous weapon. She was sentenced to 16 to 29 months active jail time. Her murder charge was dismissed, according to the Watauga County Clerk of Court’s office.

The convictions stem from the the January 2015 death of 32-year-old Brandon Lee Byrd of Iredell County.

The shooting occurred on Thursday, Jan. 15 2015, in the 200 block of Smith Henson Road in Bethel, according to a press release from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office. A total of four individuals were arrested in relation to the case.

The clerk’s office said a third suspect, Candice Danielle Rogers, is expected to enter a plea on Sept. 12.

No plea has been entered for Travis Lane Ward, who is scheduled to appear in court on July 18.

Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.

Two more cases pending
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