Teen Who Murdered Two Others To Be Charged As An Adult

Teen To be Charged As Adult

Officials said Monday that the teenager who was originally charged with the September murders of Lyric Woods, 14, and Devin Clark, 18, has now been charged as an adult.

Devin Clark And Lyric Woods
17-Year-Old Devin Clark and 14-Year-Old Lyric Woods Killed By Issiah Ross

A 17-year-old man, Issiah Mehki Ross, was identified Monday as the suspect in the shooting death of the two in Mebane’s rural area in mid-September. On Oct. 5, Ross, a Mebane resident, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder on two counts as a juvenile.

Ross had until Friday to appeal the judge’s decision to charge him as an adult, but he did not, officials said. He remains in a youth facility, where he is being held without bond, despite the recent change to his juvenile status, Clarke County officials said.

It was not clear what the motive was, but officials noted that they had “some theories” and “some evidence.”

Woods was a freshman at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough, and Clark was a junior at East Alamance High School in Mebane. The teens were friends.

Ross was listed as a student at East Alamance High School from Aug. 29, 2022, to Sept. 3, 2022, according to WFMY2.

One day after the grisly murder was discovered, a Soundcloud user going by the username “Mi$tr3” uploaded five songs in Ross’ name.

According to Rolling Stone, some of the songs discuss “headshots” and having “s— I can’t talk about”.

In an interview on Monday, sheriff Charles Blackwood said Lyric left home on Sept. 16 and her parents reported her missing on Sept. 17. Clark’s family reported him missing on Sept. 18.

Blackwood said deputies learned the teens’ bodies had been discovered just before 3 p.m. on Sept. 18.

According to Blackwood, investigators spoke with several nearby residents who reported hearing gunshots early Sept. 17. They said evidence collected at the crime scene linked Ross to the crime scene.

In the end, Ross was taken into custody in Delaware after fleeing the state.

The victims were found beside a gravel road beneath power lines parallel to an ATV trail in a rural area off Buckhorn Road in Mebane.

Two riders who called 9-1-1 said, “We have found two dead bodies. They’re just lying on the side of the road.”

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