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Cary double-homicide suspect: 'I hope Jesus forgives me'

Posted December 21, 2015 11:47 a.m. EST
Updated December 21, 2015 6:36 p.m. EST

— A Cary man called 911 Sunday to confess that he had strangled his mother and his girlfriend last week and wanted to surrender.

Brandon Lee, 34, of 24203 Havers Drive, is charged with two counts of murder and remains in the Wake County jail without bond.

Police found the body of Christa Lee, 58, at the Legacy Crossroads apartments on Havers Drive and the body of Krystal Juell Hylton, 28, at the Lofts at Weston Lakeside Apartments on Parktop Drive.

"I hope Jesus forgives me," Brandon Lee told the 911 dispatcher in a 13-minute call released Monday.

In a calm voice, Lee described killing his mother almost a week earlier, saying he strangled her when she attacked him with a knife and left her body in a bathtub.

"My mother wanted to kill herself," he said. "I didn’t want her to do that because it’s an unforgivable sin, and she was trying to kill me at the same time. I hope this all works out with the Lord."

Likewise, Lee told the dispatcher, he strangled Hylton on Saturday when she tried to leave him.

"My girlfriend was addicted to drugs and was running around," he said, noting he was calling from her apartment and that her body was "right here on the floor."

Lee said he had been drinking since Hylton's death "trying to get up enough nerve to turn myself in."

"I'm just destroyed about everything (that) went down," he said. "Give me the chair or whatever you need to do. It's just a terrible tragedy that happened."

In a brief court appearance Monday afternoon, Lee showed no emotion as he entered and asked for a court-appointed attorney.

Lee has had several scrapes with the law in North Carolina, but his most serious crime was a conviction for a sexual offense in Hawaii.