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Murder charged following man's death after assault


(Updated Apr. 28, 4:20 p.m.)      

Murder charged after man was strangled
until he lost unconsciousness

A man who was hospitalized after an assault earlier this month has died. Officers said the assault stemmed from a domestic dispute and now murder charges have been filed against the men whom authorities say are responsible.

On Friday, April 3, 2015, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Alexander County 911 received a call to respond to a residence located on Lori Lane off Rodney Lane, which runs off Liberty Grove Church Road in the Ellendale Community, in reference to a domestic dispute. Officers with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina Highway Patrol as backup responded to the residence and found John Lewis Minor, age 54 of Taylorsville, unresponsive, according to Sheriff Chris Bowman.

Officers with Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina State Highway Patrol immediately began CPR until emergency personnel arrived.  EMS paramedics were then notified to respond to the residence, where they then transported Minor to Frye Regional Medical Center. He was in ICU in critical condition for several days and then died Thursday, April 9, said Sheriff Bowman. 

Detectives with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office have charged David Ralph Reames, Jr., age 53, and Justen Roy Bradey, age 30, both of Taylorsville with murder. No bond was set on either suspect. The original charges of assault by strangulation and assault inflicting serious injury have been dismissed by the District Attorney and replaced by the new charge of murder.

This case is still under investigation.


Visitor Comments

Submitted By: Robbey WallSubmitted: 4/28/2015
I'm so glad these two finally got murder charges filed against them,Johnny did not deserve to lose his life.I hope they get the death penalty for hurting all of us that loved Johnny and for taking his life in such a horrible way.

Submitted By: Elisa Minor SadlerSubmitted: 4/28/2015
The murder charges were posted yesterday

Submitted By: sharon sauerSubmitted: 4/25/2015
The men who murdered. My cousin. Should be held responsible for what they did no matter what happened he was a human being. I take life very seriously

Submitted By: Elisa Minor SadlerSubmitted: 4/16/2015
These two men have destroyed many lives by their act.. I lost my brother.. I hope the justice system prevails on this case.

Submitted By: e curtisSubmitted: 4/9/2015
Now that John Minor has died today will those 2 be charged with murder? They should be.

Submitted By: stacySubmitted: 4/9/2015
john lewis minor died today at about 11:30 am

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