Warrants Issued in January 2016
Murder suspect’s mother found on ice in bathtub, search warrant states
The warrants gave detectives permission to search the apartment where Christa Lassiter Lee, 58, lived with her son and the apartment where Krystal Juell Hylton lived, the papers said. Brandon Lee called 911 from Hylton’s apartment to confess to killing both women, the papers said. They spell out that the 911 caller was identified as Brandon Lee.
The search warrants, with lists of evidence police collected, were issued Dec. 20, the day Lee was arrested, and were returned to a court clerk Wednesday.
Brandon Lee, 34, is charged with murder in each death. He is being held without bail in the Wake County Detention Center.
Officers who went to Christa Lee’s residence at 24203 Havers Drive, in the Legacy Crossroads complex, got a key from a manager to open the apartment door, Detective L.R. Hamlin told a magistrate. Brandon Lee told the operator that she was in the bathtub, and the officers broke open the bathroom door and found Christa Lee.
In asking for the search warrant, Hamlin did not say if officers found any wounds on Christa Lee’s body or any blood in the apartment.
The 911 call says that Christa Lee “came at me with a knife, and I ended up choking her. My mother wanted to kill herself. I couldn’t let her kill herself because that is an unforgivable sin, and she was trying to kill me at the same time.”
Court records show that Brandon Lee is scheduled for a court appearance Monday, Jan. 11, on the murder charges. He also has appearances scheduled on Jan. 15 for a charge of injuring personal property that Cary police made on Nov. 22; and March 8 on charges of trespassing and communicating threats on which Morrisville police arrested him on Dec. 14.
TROOPER WAS ISSUED WARRANT IN SANDRA BLAND CASE
The Texas state trooper charged with perjury in the arrest of Sandra Bland has arrived in a pickup truck at the jail where Bland died after her arrest last summer.
Brian Encinia arrived at the Waller County Jail in Hempstead, Texas, as a passenger in a Ford F-150 pickup truck that pulled up to an overhead door at the jail. The door raised to admit the truck, then was lowered quickly.
Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith says the booking process general takes about 30 minutes to complete. If a bond is set and posted, Encinia would then be released.
A grand jury indicted Encinia a day earlier on a misdemeanor perjury charge for allegedly lying about the circumstances of his arrest of Bland last summer. If convicted, he would face up to one year in prison and a $4,000 fine.
The 28-year-old Bland was stopped in July for an improper lane change. She was arrested on suspicion of assaulting the trooper. Authorities say, Bland hanged herself in her jail cell several days later.
The Texas Department of Public Safety announced after the indictment that it would begin the process of firing Encinia.
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