Teen charged with murder of 17-year-old in Wilmington gets $1 million bond

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Tyler Matthew Yee made his first appearance in New Hanover County District Court on Wednesday morning. His bond was set at $1 million. Photo by Christina Haley.
Tyler Matthew Yee made his first appearance in New Hanover County District Court on Wednesday morning. His bond was set at $1 million. (Photo by Christina Haley)

WILMINGTON — A district court judge has set bond at $1 million for a Wilmington teen charged with the murder of Raymond Kain V last Thursday in the Seagate area.

Tyler Matthew Yee, 17, of Park Avenue,Wilmington, made his first appearance Wednesday in New Hanover County Superior Court on charges of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a minor. 

Yee was arrested by U.S. Marshals Tuesday morning in the 5700 block of Park Avenue, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay.

Yee was charged with shooting Kain, who was originally found after police responded to a traffic collision involving a cyclist and a car in the 100 block of Sebrell Avenue about 11 p.m., March 9.

The 17-year-old victim was found lying in the roadway. Detectives later determined the victim’s fatal injuries were not the result of a crash, but from a gunshot wound, Lindsay said.

Tyler Matthew Yee
Tyler Matthew Yee

The New Hanover County assistant district attorney who presented the case requested a $3 million bond. The public defender requested a $500,000 bond.

District Court Judge Robin Robinson set a $1 million bond for the defendant. He will be housed at the New Hanover County Detention Facility while awaiting trial.

Robinson said Yee cannot face the death penalty because of his age. Yee faces a maximum punishment of life in prison without parole for the first-degree murder charge and 120 days in jail for the charge of possession of a firearm by a minor.

Yee will be appointed an attorney with the New Hanover County Public Defender’s Office.

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