Victim identified in Alexander homicide investigation

  

Pictured above: Joshua Lee Branch – Picture courtesy of the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office

PRESS RELEASE

UPDATE: Joshua Lee Branch had his first appearance on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 in Alexander County District Court. Branch is currently being held without bond in the Alexander County Detention Center. His next court appearance is set for January 6, 2019 in Alexander County District Court.

The victim has been identified as Walter Thurman Minton, W/M, age 41 of Mountain View, North Carolina.

On Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at approximately 12:32 PM, a call came into Alexander County 911 in reference to a shooting at a residence on Spring Point Drive in the Stony Point community of Alexander County. Officers arrived on scene and found a white male laying outside near the residence with multiple gunshot wounds to the chest area. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene by Alexander County EMS. Deputies found Joshua Lee Branch, W/M, age 39, of Stony Point at the scene of the shooting. Branch was detained and transported to the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, where he was charged with Murder. Branch was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center.
The investigation is continuing.

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