Two Pender County men were denied bond when they appeared in New Hanover County District Court on Thursday to face murder charges in connection with a burglary and shooting reported Monday morning at an Ogden home.
Michael Anthony Rich Malloy, 24, and Brent Thomas James Hyatt, 25, have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Yancey Martin Edwards, according to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer.
District Judge Sandra Ray ordered that Malloy and Hyatt receive court-appointed counsel. One defendant will receive an attorney from the Capital Public Defender’s Office in Raleigh, while the other will receive an attorney from outside the office, as co-defendants cannot be represented by the same office, District Attorney Ben David said.
Deputies responded to a burglary call at a home in the 400 block of Point View Court just before 3 a.m. Monday, Brewer said. Edwards, 32, was fatally shot, while another man was taken to the hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound to the arm. A woman, who was also at the home at the time of the shooting, was uninjured. Two dogs were killed in the shooting.
“According to the victims, two males entered the residence through the kitchen window with a rifle, demanding money and drugs,” Brewer said.
Edwards and the man who was injured struggled with the intruders, who reportedly left the home through a kitchen window, Brewer said.
Malloy and Hyatt, both of Rocky Point, also face charges of first-degree burglary, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury and two counts of cruelty to animals, according to jail records.
Christina Haley is a crime and courts reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6337 or firstname.lastname@example.org.