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Oxford man wanted in uncle's death arrested

Posted January 25, 2010

— An Oxford man sought in the slaying of his uncle last week was arrested Monday afternoon, police said.

Michael Sharron Wright, 26, of 206 W. College St., is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 54-year-old Kirk Douglas Wright Sr. He was being held without bond Monday in the Granville County Jail.

Kirk Wright was reported missing last Wednesday morning, and a neighbor pointed officers to what appeared to be a makeshift grave in a wooded area behind an abandoned house at the end of 4th Street, police said.

Authorities determined the body found in the grave was Kirk Wright. A preliminary autopsy showed he died of asphyxiation.

Police issued warrants for Michael Wright on Friday, although they haven't disclosed a motive for the slaying.

Oxford police received a tip Monday that Michael Wright was in Winston-Salem, and Winston-Salem officers tracked him down and arrested him, police said.


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  • kinston2009 Jan 25, 2010

    who was he with in winston salem? family?

  • Just the facts mam Jan 25, 2010

    Assuming he is guilty, our justice system will just keep him behind bars from now on - that way he is not out in the streets commmitting more crimes...

  • sneeziegal Jan 25, 2010

    Wow, he "fled" all the way to Winston-Salem. A whole 1 1/2 hour drive from Oxford. He REALLY didn't want to be found did he??? [please note sarcasm].