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Suspect linked to murder of N.C. deputy escapes from jail

Alder Alfonso Marin-Sotelo, who was being held at Piedmont Regional Jail in Farmville, Va., escaped with another inmate


Alder Alfonso Marin-Sotelo, pictured right, is one of the two brothers charged in Byrd’s death.

Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Office

By Sarah Roebuck

FARMVILLE, Va. — A suspect who was charged with killing Wake County Deputy Ned Byrd has escaped from a Virginia jail.

Alder Alfonso Marin-Sotelo, 26, is one of the two brothers charged in Byrd’s death. He escaped with another unnamed inmate Sunday from the Piedmont Regional Jail, WRAL reports.

The Prince County Sheriff’s Office posted an image of Sotelo and the second escapee, asking the public to call 911 if they are seen.

Byrd, a K-9 officer and 13-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, was found outside his unmarked sheriff’s office SUV in August 2022 near a gas station. He had multiple gunshot wounds.

If both Sotelo and his brother, Arturo Marin-Sotelo, are convicted of murder, they could face the death penalty or life in prison.