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Witness Tells Of Events Leading To Ayala's Death


Last updated 12/3/2019 at 8:31am

Court in Transylvania County recessed Wednesday for the Thanksgiving holiday, with state witness Nioka Metcalf in the middle of her testimony about the night of July 20, 2017, when 18-year-old Saul Ayala died from stab wounds on Washington Avenue in Brevard.

Defendants Connell Dixon Hawkins, Chadley Tyrone Norris and James Alexander Ray face charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with Ayala’s death.

Initially, Metcalf faced the same charges, but she agreed to cooperate with the investigation,...

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