CALDWELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A man and a woman charged in the death of a Hudson found dead in his apartment over the weekend appeared in court Monday.
Shea Elise Fullard, 23, and 20-year-old Nathan Vasquez are charged with murder in connection to the death of 34-year-old Marcus Alexander Devlin, whose body was found in his apartment on Free Mason Road in Hudson Saturday night, according to Caldwell County deputies.
On Monday, both suspects mouthed denials to family members sitting in the courtroom. "I didn't do it," whispered Fullard. Vasquez mouthed the words "No, No No."
His mother was in the second row and said she did see him send that message to her. "He's my son and I believe him," said Rebecca Scott.
The victim's widow, who did not want her name released, left the courtroom in tears with friends holding her arms. She said she lost a husband and two young children lost a father. "It's not fair," she said. "And for what? I don't know."
Investigators are not releasing many details on the case.
At the scene, a window appeared to have been broken from the inside. The front door also showed evidence of being kicked in, but people at the scene said that did not happen during the incident that led to the death of Marcus Devlin.
WBTV News has learned that the suspects and the victim did know each other, but the nature of the relationship is still not clear. Authorities are still conducting interviews with people who knew all three and said the investigation is not over.
Fullard and Vasquez are charged with what's called "unspecified" murder. The degree of the charge will be determined by the District Attorney's office after the investigative report is turned over. In the meantime, both suspects are being held without bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. Probable cause hearings for both are set for April 20.
On the way into the magistrate office, Vasquez reportedly said "I did not kill anyone."
Investigators said early leads and evidence located at "multiple scenes" connected Vasquez and Fullard to Delvin's death. Vasquez turned himself in on Sunday evening after learning that he was wanted. Fullard was arrested at her home.
Officials say Delvin was found dead from an apparent assault, but an autopsy is being performed to determine the exact cause of death. Deputies have not released a motive as they say the investigation is still ongoing.