Two more arrests made in death of man whose body was found in North Carolina cemetery

Published 8:44 am Thursday, June 3, 2021

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Two more people have been arrested in the death of a 69-year-old man whose body was found at a cemetery in North Carolina, police said.

News outlets report Raleigh police said Johnathan Dan Villanueva-Galer, 19, of Raleigh, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with the murder of James Lucy Taylor. Police also said juvenile petitions have been obtained for a 16-year-old who has been taken into custody in the death of Taylor.

The arrest of Maria Elizabeth Pena-Echeverria, 18, who was charged with murder in the case, was announced by the Raleigh Police Department on Saturday night.

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Police were called to Mount Olivet Cemetery in Raleigh Friday night, where they found a seriously injured man who was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Laura Hourigan, a police spokeswoman, said Taylor’s death was not a random act. So far, police have not revealed the cause of death because the investigation is ongoing, she said.



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