Murder charges were served yesterday afternoon on the boyfriend of 19-year-old Emily Anna Asbill of Clinton. 29-year-old Michael Vernon Beatty Jr. of 502 Calvert Avenue Clinton remained in the Johnson Detention Center, having been arrested Sunday as one of six people charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.
In the Murder warrant, Detective Tyrone Goggins states that on the date of June 29th 2013 EMS was called to 502 Calvert Avenue and found the victim, Emily Anna Asbill, unresponsive and pronounced dead a short time later. Subsequent investigation revealed the cause of death
to be strangulation. Affiant has a statement that the defendant Michael Vernon Beatty Jr. did strangle the victim to death. The warrant further alleges that the crime of Murder was committed at 502 Calvert Avenue within the City of Clinton.
Michael Vernon Beatty Jr. was awaiting arraignment on his charges.
Meanwhile, a friend of Michael Beatty, 30-year-old William Jarrell “Will” Alexander of 50 Jaybird Lane, Cross Hill, was charged with Accessory After the Fact of Murder. Detective Tyrone Goggins states that on the date of June 29th the victim Emily Anna Asbill was pronounced dead due to strangulation. He states that defendant William Alexander, knowing that Michael Beatty Jr. had committed the felony of Murder, did render assistance to Michael Beatty Jr. by willfully and knowingly misleading law enforcement in an attempt to conceal the crime. This allegedly took place at 502 Calvert Avenue within the city limits of Clinton.
A $5,000 cash or surety bond was set yesterday on the Sunday charge of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. Will Alexander was still awaiting arraignment on the new charge of Accessory After the Fact of Murder.
The other four people who were charged Sunday with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor were released that day on $5,000 Personal Recognizance Bonds on that charge.
Chief Robin Morse told WLBG last evening investigators are still trying to piece together many of the specific events that occurred on that fateful Saturday night in an attempt to explain things like abrasions found on Ms. Asbill.