Four indicted, accused of helping man wanted in officer's shooting death escape

Four indicted, accused of helping man wanted in officer's shooting death escape
Irving Fenner Jr.
Irving Fenner Jr.

Four people have been indicted by a grand jury, accused of helping a man escape after police say he shot and killed a Shelby Police officer.

In September, Officer Tim Brackeen was shot while serving a warrant in Shelby. He died from his injuries two days later.

The man accused of shooting him, 23-year-old Irving Fenner Jr., escaped to Rhode Island, police say with the help of a relative. He was arrested two days after Officer Brackeen's death by Rhode Island State Police and the FBI.

Six other people were arrested in the case for their roles, police say, in helping Fenner escape police and hide in Rhode Island. Monday, four of those people were indicted by a grand jury.

Casey Fenner, Deitra Morris and Jolisa Peeler were all indicted on charges of accessory after the fact of 1st degree murder. Ashley Hamrick was indicted on a charge of felony harboring escapee.

According to investigators, Jolisa Peeler drove 23-year-old Irving Fenner Jr from North Carolina to Rhode Island to hide from police during a manhunt. Investigators say 27-year-old Peeler, Fenner's half-sister, then drove him to Rhode Island where he shaved off his hair in an attempt to alter his appearance.

She was arrested and later brought back to North Carolina.

Ashley Hamrick is accused of harboring Fenner, knowing he was wanted, when officer Brackeen attempted to serve warrants on him early Saturday morning.

Casey Fenner of New York and Deitra Morris of Shelby were each charged with accessory after the fact of first-degree murder, which is a Class C felony.

Irving Fenner Jr.'s uncle, Corry Peeler and his girlfriend Hope Wyman, were also charged with harboring a criminal. Police say the charges stem from "aid that they provided Fenner after Officer Brackeen's death.

The District Attorney has announced he plans to seek the death penalty for Fenner.

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