Trio indicted on charges connected to teen’s beating, death in Burke Co.

Three charged after man beaten to death

RHODHISS, N.C. (WBTV) - Three people investigators say were involved with a teenager’s beating death in Burke County were formally indicted in their charges Tuesday morning.

Matthew Dylan Buckles and Tristan Claude Eugene Shoup, both 20, were indicted on murder and kidnapping charges in the death of 19-year-old Dylan Thomas Deaton. Ryleigh Elizabeth Waldrop, 28, was indicted as an accessory before the fact.

Deaton’s body was found on the side of Weaver Lane in Rhodhiss on Thursday, Sept. 5. Deputies say they believe Deaton was restrained and beaten at Buckles’ home off Raintree Street in Connelly Springs by several different people.

Following the attack, officials say, Deaton was taken and dumped on Weaver Ln.

Buckles and Waldrop were taken into custody after Deaton’s body was discovered. An arrest warrant was also issued for Shoup, who was found asleep in a car off Shady Grove Rd. in Connelly Springs Saturday morning.

An affidavit for a search warrant in the case says that Buckles told his cousin after the body was found that he was with Shoup the night before and they beat Deaton to death because they were all “flipping out on meth.”

Deaton’s sister Meagan says this has been tough on the family. They knew Deaton had drug issues but Meagan says her brother was working on it, “Trying to make a better life for himself.” She described her brother and someone who always smiled and “would always put others ahead of himself.” She hopes law enforcement can find out why he was killed.

No information about a possible motive has been released.

Anyone with additional information about the case is asked to call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333.

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