Two Wilkes County residents charged in Thurmond murder case


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THURMOND — Two Wilkes County residents have been charged in connection with the death of Todd Timothy Beyer of Thurmond, who was discovered in his home Jan. 21.

Daniel Dean Barker, 34, of Thurmond, has been arrested and charged with murder in Beyer’s death, according to Chief Deputy David Carson of the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office. In addition, Kimberly Myers Kennedy, 41, of Ronda, was arrested and charged with accessory to murder after the fact.

Carson said both were in Wilkes County Court for their first appearances late Wednesday morning. They were being held in the Wilkes County Jail without bond prior to the court appearances, he reported.

“Beyer, 46, was believed to have been killed in his home at 1365 Roaring Gap Road, Thurmond, sometime prior to Jan. 21,” said Carson in an update on the case late Tuesday night.

“Preliminary autopsy results indicate that Mr. Beyer died from multiple stab wounds,” he said.

While the investigation did lead to the conclusion Barker, Kennedy and Beyer were acquaintances, Carson said, “We will not speculate as to a motive at this time, however the investigation is ongoing and we believe further charges will be forthcoming.”

Barker and Kennedy were taken into custody without incident by sheriff’s office personnel Tuesday night near Pleasant Hill Grocery in the Pleasant Hill community of Wilkes County.

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