DISTRICT ATTORNEY PURSUING THE DEATH PENALTY FOR PHILLIP STROUPE ii; BOND REDUCTION DENIED FOR STROUPE, SR.

CHARGED WITH THE KIDNAPP500NG AND MURDER OF MILLS RIVER RESIDENT TOMMY BRYSON   

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District Attorney Greg Newman was reported to be meeting today (Monday) with a judge in the case to pursue the death penalty for Phillip Michael Stroupe II.(Pictured)

Stroupe was arrested back n July and charged with the kidnapping and subsequent murder of Mills River resident Tommy Bryson. Bryson’s body was found in an Avery’s Creek cornfield after Stroupe had been apprehended by law enforcement officials in a high speed chase and while driving Mr. Bryson’s stolen truck in Yancey and McDowell Counties. A wides-spread manhunt had been going on, centered in the Mills River area, for Stroupe for five days prior to his apprehension.

Defendant Stroupe’s father, Phillip Stroupe, Sr., was also schduled to be in court. The elder Stroupe and others are charged with accessory after the fact of first degree murder.

Sroupe II is also facing a string of serious felony charges in Transylvania, Madison, Yancey, and McDowell Counties.

Mr. Bryson had left his Mills River home and was on his way to take a family member to the doctor when he was allegedly kidnapped by Stroupe II.

Stroupe, Sr. and others are charged with harboring Stroipe II while he was on the run.  Judge Mark Powell on Monday refused to lower the elder Stroupe's bond.  It remains at $500,000...and no trial date for him has been set.

District Attorney Greg Newman said early on in the case that he planned to seek the death penalty for Stroupe II.

 

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