The Latest: NC Man Found In LA In Slaying Of Wife And Father

WILSON, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a North Carolina man accused of killing his wife and father (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

A North Carolina man is being held in California on a murder charge after authorities say he killed his wife and father, left his young child locked in the bedroom of the home they all shared and escaped on a West Coast flight.

Multiple media outlets reported 38-year-old Michael Allen Joyner of Wilson was being held Sunday in Los Angeles after his arrest on two counts of murder. Wilson County Sheriff Calvin Woodard says Joyner used an ax to kill his father Dennis and wife, Michelle.

Detectives were called to check on the family after Dennis Joyner didn’t show up for work on Friday. Officers found the two adults on the floor and a toddler alone in a bedroom.

Authorities found Joyner’s car at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

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11:50 a.m.

Authorities say a North Carolina man may have escaped on a West Coast flight after killing his wife and father and leaving his young child locked in the bedroom of the home they all shared.

The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office said it’s charged 38-year-old Michael Allen Joyner with two counts of murder. Authorities found his car at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport and think he hopped a flight to Los Angeles, California.

Detectives were called to check on the family after Joyner’s father, Dennis, didn’t show up for work on Friday. Officers found him and the suspect’s wife, Michelle, on the floor. The surviving toddler’s name, age and gender weren’t released.

Michael Joyner is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs about 175 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.

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